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Brexit deal officially becomes law — Queen gives approval

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Queen Elizabeth II has given her approval to Brexit deal

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has become law after clearing all parliamentary hurdles and receiving royal assent.

Some MPs cheered as deputy speaker Nigel Evans confirmed the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act had been given the Queen’s approval in a short announcement to the Commons.

Boris Johnson

The Brexit bill still needs to be ratified by the EU but is expected to do so in time for the UK to leave as planned at 11pm on January 31.

After more than three years of bitter disputes over how when and if Brexit would go ahead, the Prime Minister’s revised deal was finally approved by Parliament on Wednesday night.

The consent vote in the EU Parliament will take place on January 29.

Mr Johnson is expected to formally sign the Withdrawal Agreement in the coming days. Earlier, he said the country would now ‘move forwards as one United Kingdom’, adding: ‘At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it.

‘Now we can put the rancour and division of the past three years behind us and focus on delivering a bright, exciting future – with better hospitals and schools, safer streets and opportunity spread to every corner of our country.’

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