London, December 30
British lawmakers on Wednesday voted to approve legislation implementing the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the European Union last week. The vote on the legislation to enact the trade agreement was passed by 521 to 73 votes in the parliament’s lower house. It now passes to the upper house for approval later on Wednesday, before becoming law around midnight.
Earlier, British PM Boris Johnson urged the Parliament to back his post-Brexit deal with the EU and open a new relationship as a “friendly neighbour” with the bloc, ending over four years of negotiation and safeguarding nearly a $1 trillion of annual trade with a day to spare.
The European Union has signed the deal, which is to get nod of UK’s upper house.
Johnson, in a specially convened Parliament sitting, said he hoped to work with the EU when its interests aligned, using UK’s new-found sovereignty to reshape its economy. — Reuters