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UK Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal

UK Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal

Johnson: “Today we will deliver on the promise we made to the people and get the Brexit vote wrapped up for Christmas.”

In one of the most important votes in the British parliament’s history, the newly elected lawmakers have resoundingly approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed in the Lower House by 358 votes to 234.

“Today we will deliver on the promise we made to the people and get the Brexit vote wrapped up for Christmas,” Prime Minister Johnson told the House ahead of the vote.

Parliament’s approval ends a three-year-long political impasse, paving the way for the UK to leave the European Union on January 31. The withdrawal bill grants the British government a “transition period” till the end of 2020 to negotiate the country’s future relationship with the EU on important issues such as trade and immigration.

Prime Minister Johnson is committed to hard Brexit, a move that will dismantle the EU laws and regulations placed on the country due to its membership in the bloc, the UK newspapers confirm. “Johnson insisted that Britain would not follow any EU rules after Brexit,” The Telegraph reported. “The Prime Minister made clear that he would pursue a hard Brexit by saying there would be ‘no alignment’ between the two sides, defying the EU’s claim that it was a ‘must’ for any future relationship.”

Friday’s vote comes after Prime Minister Johnson’s Conservative Party won a landslide victory in the general election on December 12, getting 365 seats in the 650-seat British Lower House. The Conservatives, who campaigned on the single promise of “Getting Brexit Done” secured a majority of 80, the party’s biggest election victory in 30 years, decimating Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist Labour Party in its traditional working class heartlands.

BBC reported the passing of the UK Withdrawal Agreement Bill:

MPs have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.

They voted 358 to 234 – a majority of 124 – in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further scrutiny in Parliament.

The bill would also ban an extension of the transition period – during which the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules – past 2020.

The PM said the country was now “one step closer to getting Brexit done”. (…)

The bill had been expected to pass easily after the Conservatives won an 80-seat majority at last week’s general election.

The left-wing, pro-EU media was dismayed at the historic step taken by the Johnson’s government. “Boris Johnson’s government is forcing the Brexit bill through, and all we can do is watch,” The Independent noted in resignation. “Everything has changed. MPs have voted by a majority of 124 to ‘Get Brexit Done’ and there is nothing anyone can do about it.” The Guardian, the country’s leading leftist newspaper, complained about the comfortable majority enjoyed by country’s democratically elected Prime Minister, saying: “From now on, the will and whim of Boris Johnson is iron law.”

The leader of opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, vowed to “continue to oppose the government’s Brexit deal,” The Guardian reported. But there is little the freshly defeated Labour chief can do. Dozens of Labour lawmakers defied him by abstaining from voting against the bill, and six of them even crossed the aisle to vote with the government.

The EU too seems to be resigned to the imminent reality of Brexit. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, accepted the UK parliament’s vote, calling merely for a “level playing field” for EU companies in Britain once Brexit kicks in. If things go according to PM Johnson’s plan, the EU parliament will ratify the UK Withdrawal Agreement Bill on January 29. The EU’s ratification, a mere formality at this stage, will trigger the so-called Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, taking the UK out of the 28-member European bloc two days later.

Prime Minister Johnson: ‘Britain can finally move on.’

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The British left, Brussels and various heads of state are not amused by Brexit. Good. Boris, get it did.

Four major victories, here: Freer trade for Britain, which also helps the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Huge savings for Britain by cancelling its EU payments. More clout for the U.S. and Britain in NATO. Britain can now secure its borders and deal with its unwanted immigrants.
In addition, the remaining EU spend-aholics are now going to have several big problems: How to replace money they can no pick-pocket from the Brits, what to do with the immigrants about to be returned to them by the Brits, how to keep the other discontented EU nations under control, and how to fund a fairer share of NATO.

“Everything has changed. MPs have voted by a majority of 124 to ‘Get Brexit Done’ and there is nothing anyone can do about it.”

Ain’t life grand?

Paul Krugman predicts that the British economy will implode!

oh, wait….. ?

    Vijeta Uniyal in reply to jmt9455. | December 21, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Something did. Just not the UK economy.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Vijeta Uniyal. | December 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      EU’s bureaucracy is imploding, several other countries may well follow the UK’s example. I hope the UK moves to expel all those inferior people, while opening immigration of the cream of Europe’s crop, if there are any:)

Hip Hip Hooray!!!

theduchessofkitty | December 21, 2019 at 11:31 am

Good job, Boris. Good job.

Now, go get a hairbrush.

As a sitting member of the EU and founder of the Brexit movement, Nigel Farage addressing the EU 12/19/19 predicting “Brexit” is the beginning of the end of the EU.
“After three and a half years of deception, we will be leaving this prison of nations! Brexit is the beginning of the end of the EU. We can be friends without being ruled by faceless bureaucrats.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEj4CAKj_8g

So with Britain aligned with the US power bloc, good luck holding the EU together. It won’t be long before the French are rid of Macron which will open the way for their split. Poland, Hungary, Italy,… Same as when the last Soviet empire collapsed.

If the EU chooses to align with China or Russia, good luck with that. With Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and most of the rest of the industrialized nations, aligned with the US, it won’t matter how many global citizens there are. The nations aligned by shared national interests will have the strongest economies while those aligned by dreams of globalist utopia will collapse into a large versions of Venezuela without having a common language. So most of the world’s population once again competing against each other for scarce resources. Free world vs slave world.

Who will leave next? Italy? Nah. That would take foresight.

France? No. They would rather suffer and die than copy the brits.

Germany? Not as long as they can use their power in the EU to stick it to France and Italy.

Greece? Who cares if they do?

There are lots of countries that SHOULD leave the EU. But I don’t see a clear candidate to follow England’s lead.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to irv. | December 21, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Poland, Hungary, and Czech look to be interested in leaving

    France will stay aligned with the new East Germany but when the Germans are taking them and everyone else to the cleaners hoping to save their crumbling economy?

    The EU is falling apart and it doesn’t matter what Germany wants. Their new Russo/Prussian plan to take over the world are coming to a bitter end. This is an artificial alliance that few of the citizens support. Even nationhood take second seat to local tribalism since borders keep changing drastically every generation.

    Good-by EU!!!

    Operation Downfall in reply to irv. | December 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    irv:
    WRT Greece, Greece was conquered by the Ottoman Empire (Islam). They fought and regained their independence.

    Also, Thermopylae (Molon Labe).

    I, for one, want the Greeks on our side.

    (I am not Greek by the way.)

    Merry Christmas, y’all!

All that time kicking Brexit’s supporters in the teeth at every opportunity somehow failed to prevent Brexit.

Astonishing.

“From now on, the will and whim of Boris Johnson is iron law.”

Seems to me that it’s the “will and whim” of the British people which will determine the law in Britain from now on.

In leftist minds, it’s only democracy when the voters agree with them. Otherwise it’s a dictatorship.

Not so fast.

The withdrawal bill grants the British government a “transition period” till the end of 2020 to negotiate the country’s future relationship with the EU on important issues such as trade and immigration.

“Trade” and “immigration” are the big issues, the major sources of contention; they’re not mere details. Until the UK has addressed those satisfactorily, it’s still tied to the EU in all the ways that really count. “The end of 2020” isn’t when those particular shackles will fall off, it’s when they’ll stop talking about the terms of surrender.

    Dusty Pitts in reply to tom_swift. | December 21, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Until the UK has addressed those satisfactorily, it’s still tied to the EU in all the ways that really count.

    Define “satisfactorily.” Satisfactory to whom?

    Another Voice in reply to tom_swift. | December 21, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    You’re in “left” field to believe otherwise that Boris being P.M. and Nigel as a leading EU delegate (among others EU’s delegates), who have the support of their citizens to do a clean Brexit break will not succeed. Producing a joint platform by means of revised and/or new trade agreements and renewal of old relationships which favor English interests will move England forward. No one said it would be overnight (less 1 year), but it will go forward. The majority (voters) want their country back. It is the dawn of a new day to have opportunity to be in charge of your own destiny by taking back a wrong and to make it right. Their very long and recorded history is proof hard choices are not easy, but has it ever been different for them?

      Um, Nigel Farage will play no part whatsoever in the negotiations.

        Another Voice in reply to Milhouse. | December 21, 2019 at 9:09 pm

        Granted Farage will not have a seat at the table in the EU, but with due consideration to the governmental role he has played bringing “his supporters” for Brexit over to Johnsons’ bid for P.M., he will be a tremendous force in keeping this contingent standing with Johnson as he “negotiates” his way through the transition and the agenda set forth by Johnson in Parliament, esp.trade, and the formal exit agreements to be negotiated by years end 2020.

          “This contingent” are irrelevant until the next election, in late 2024. Johnson does not need them or their support until that time.

What we need now is to regain control of the House in the next election so President Trump can lead the U.S. out of the U.N. and get the U.N. out of the U.S.

    Another Voice in reply to Elric. | December 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    My thought also as I was posting on Brexit. U.N.has out lived its purpose and intent by allowing participation of countries who do not subscribe by action or financial support to the established principals. Better that we belong in global joint partnerships such as NATO then to spend continuous globs of American Tax payer dollars to augment regimes of third world dictators who have been allowed a vote at the table. Insult to injury is we play “Host” to these countries dictators and emissaries who enjoy the benefits of their position in a country which affords them privileges and freedoms they do not to subscribe to in their homeland.

    artichoke in reply to Elric. | December 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I’d stay in the UN to keep our permanent seat and veto on the Security Council. The General Assembly where every shithole country gets the same 1 vote will continue to do whatever nonsense it does anyway. But we can keep reducing our funding to it.

So, if it’s not working for you, you can leave?

What will they do if the people within that union have to benefit from it? in their own terms? without your permission?

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-06-24/the-brexit-vote-has-made-this-prophetic-yes-minister-video-go-viral/

Seriously, if you haven’t watched this entire series, then your education in politics is incomplete. Sir Humphrey would have predicted President Trump if he had been asked.

The devil is in the details, and this “Brexit” is missing a lot of details. A one-year transition period is not a “hard Brexit”. It leaves plenty of time for Parliament to stab the British people in the back, as they’ve done for years.

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