Brexit is just one step away from becoming a reality after the British Parliament ratified the legislation on Wednesday, Jan. 22, the BBC reported.
The bill states that the UK will leave the European Union (EU) on Jan. 31.
On Dec. 12, 2019, the Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, won a landslide victory in the House of Commons elections, giving it a large majority in the lower house.
That legislative majority allowed it to pass the necessary legislation, negotiated previously with the European Union, earlier this month to ratify its exit agreement with Brussels.
When the bill then went to the House of Lords, where the Conservatives do not have a majority, five amendments were incorporated into it.
However, when the amended legislation returned to the House it was rejected and on Wednesday the bill originally submitted was finally ratified.
Brexit, a combination of the words ‘Britain’ and ‘Exit’, is a social and political movement that seeks the UK’s abandonment of its status as an EU member state. The process was triggered after a historic referendum on June 23, 2016, in which 51.9 percent of voters supported leaving the continental bloc.
“At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it,” said Boris Johnson.
“Now we can put the rancor and division of the past three years behind us and focus on delivering a bright, exciting future,” he added according to the BBC.
It is expected that in the coming days Queen Elizabeth II will sign the royal assent and that the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission will sign the document.
As of Feb. 1, the United Kingdom will enter an 11-month transition period in which it will continue to follow EU rules but without representation in the bloc’s institutions.
This agreement will end on Jan. 1, 2021, by which time both parties hope to have completed negotiations on their future economic and security partnership.