British lawmakers finally approve Brexit deal

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Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a news conference after agreeing on the Brexit deal, at the sidelines of the European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

 

Britain’s Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a news conference after agreeing on the Brexit deal, at the sidelines of the European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

British Lawmakers finally approved legislation on Thursday which will allow Britain to leave the European Union on January 31 with an exit deal, ending more than three years of tumult over the terms of the unprecedented divorce.

They voted 330 to 231 in favor of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which implements an exit deal agreed with the EU last year.

That allows Prime Minister Boris Johnson to turn the page on one of Britain’s deepest political crises in decades, putting an end to the fears of an immediate disorderly exit which had cast a shadow over the economy and fueled divisions over the 2016 referendum decision to leave the EU.

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