The British House of Commons has agreed by a large majority to the trade agreement concluded last week between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
The agreement was passed with 521 votes to 73.
The trade deal also has yet to be approved by the British House of Lords. Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords were recalled from the Christmas holidays for a special session. The debate in the House of Lords, the House of Lords, can last until midnight, according to British media. Then Queen Elizabeth will give her blessing to the deal.
Brexit hardliners backed the deal in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. The main opposition Labor party also agreed to the Brexit deal. Labour leader Keir Starmer wanted to avoid such a no-deal Brexit. He does think that the agreement is not perfect and is still incomplete on several points.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) voted against because it would harm the Scottish fishing industry. The SNP says the Brexit agreement reinforces Scotland’s desire for independence from the United Kingdom.
At the start of the vote, Johnson said that with the Brexit deal, the United Kingdom could continue to trade and cooperate with EU countries, but that control of its own legislation and future is now in British sovereign hands. He speaks of the beginning of a new relationship with the EU.
“This is not the end of Great Britain as a European country,” Johnson has stressed to the BBC. “We are in many ways the quintessential European civilization, or however you want to say it, and we will remain so.”