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January 10, 2020

Lawmakers approve Brexit bill, UK on course for Jan. 31 exit

  • The departure will only mark the start of the first stage of the country's EU exit. Britain and the EU will then launch into negotiations on their future relationship, racing to strike new relationships for a host of areas by the end of 2020.
  • By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT
    Associated Press

    LONDON — Britain passed a long-elusive milestone on the road to Brexit on Thursday when the House of Commons approved a bill authorizing the country's departure from the European Union at the end of the month.

    Lawmakers voted by 330-231 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which sets the terms of Britain's departure from the 28-nation bloc. The comfortable majority won by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives in an election last month secured the bill's passage despite the opposition of smaller parties.


     
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