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Brexit Bill has been given Royal Assent

By Chris Dawson January 23, 2020 - 3:54 pm

Today the Queen put her signature to the Brexit Bill giving it Royal Assent meaning that it passes into UK Law finally bringing an end to constant delays and uncertainty as to when (or if) we will leave the EU.

There are still some steps to be taken in the EU to formalise the agreement so that it becomes International Law, but there is full expectation that this will be done (likely on the 29th of January) in time for the UK to leave the EU at 11pm on the 31st of January. (It’s 11pm as this coincides with midnight in Brussels, which hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council, as well as a seat of the European Parliament).

The House of Lords had approved the Brexit Bill with amendments earlier this week but yesterday the Commons promptly voted to reject all suggested amendments and (it has to be said appearing somewhat reluctant) the Lords agreed to accept the legislation without their preferred tweaks.

Fortunately, with the Brexit Bill passed into Law, nothing much will have changed on the 1st of February – that’s all to come at the end of the year when the transition deal expires (unless there’s an extension which the current government has no desire to request).

The next step will be formal UK-EU negotiations for the final trade deal based around the Political Declaration tagged on to the Brexit transition agreement. Whether this can be done by the end of the year seems doubtful according to many and with around 45% of Britain’s exports shipping to the EU it’s rather important. However on the flip side, 50% of UK imports are from the EU so as a rather large consumer of EU goods it’s likely the EU will want a deal, although they’re already saying to get a quick deal might mean agreeing to greater regulatory alignment than some including the Prime Minister would like.

If you’d like advice on how to prepare for trading in a post-Brexit world with the EU, watch our webinar from earlier this month.

  • Lorna Richardson
    4 weeks ago

    The golden goose is leaving the EU. They have had 3 years to prepare and time to find new funding. The UK should not pay all the bill until end of 2020

    • NorthCrystal
      4 weeks ago

      Do you mean the same “golden goose” that asks US gov for permission(s) to its internal decision making policies?

      The same goose with its low paid economy that will suffer for years to come?

      That golden goose where people are dying of hunger, working families claiming benefits, food banks etc

      It might be golden goose when someone’s point of view is that London is (still) #1 spot for market money flow, that 1/5 of world’s gold reserve is hidden under BoE (but who owns that gold?!). It’s different, less “golden”, view for most of population – you know the working & middle class.

      If the UK never liked the EU the question arises why it joined it ranks in first place. Or why it took so long for the “freedom” to arrive?!?

    • Ifellow
      3 weeks ago

      Lol golden goose, is he having a laugh?

  • jim
    4 weeks ago

    no need for anyone to starve in this country
    spend less on FAGS, BOOZE, WEED, GAMBLING , TATOOS ,
    & bought food

    • james
      3 weeks ago

      Remember when i said you were small minded Jim?
      this is you proving the point.
      Just because you are not in that situation, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
      even if you completely and utterly fail to have any understanding of the situation, or any sympathy for those in it, you don’t need to open your mouth and let your small-minded opinions fall out.
      I’m sure you have such “simple” solutions for ALL of the worlds problems, except any which affect you, because they’re obviously big, insurmountable problems when you get affected, never so easily solved. poverty and famine though, jim has that sussed.
      I’m not even going to waste my time educating you, you seem to enjoy ignorance. just you pray your little bubble never pops.

    • jim
      3 weeks ago

      james
      , you dont know me, ,you dont know what I have experienced, or who I am ,
      so the enjoyment of ignorance is very much yours

  • jim
    3 weeks ago

    Ignorance =”lack of knowledge, understanding, or information about something”.
    I will take the time to educate you a little, so your not quite as ignorant,
    I know more than you would ever imagine about hunger and poverty,
    I went hungry as a child because my mother who was alcoholic and a heavy smoker bought drink, & cigarettes rather
    than buy food or pay bills

    • james
      3 weeks ago

      @ Jim.

      you don’t know anything about me either, so how you think you know more than i can ever imagine is a surprise.
      and again kinda proved my point. You only understand the situation you were in. anyone else poor? mum must be an alky just like yours. it’s small-minded jim. think outside your own bubble.
      by the sounds of it you’re not exactly a spring chicken, so the last time you went hungry was as a kid? hardly an understanding of the plight of modern families going hungry is it? when was the last time you survived on £30 a week for a prolonged period of time? if you had you wouldn’t be of the opinion that people are starving for tattoos. those ideas come about from watching poverty porn on tv, not experiencing it first hand.
      120,000 people died as a result of universal credit. they were all on the tattoos and gambling were they? bloody tattoo addicts starving to death for ink.
      if you already live hand-to-mouth, with the money not lasting to payday, then they move you to universal credit, that’s six weeks until you see a penny again. so starting with £0 and having £0 income for six weeks, how many tattoos do i need to miss to buy a week’s shopping in that time Jim?

  • jim
    3 weeks ago

    james
    if you believe a 120.000 people died because of universal credit ?
    you need help,

    • james
      3 weeks ago

      what an intelligent and well thought out rebuttle to all of my points.
      you’re a class act jim.

    • 3 weeks ago

      He could do with checking his facts, that’s for sure.

      It’s based on a misquote of a theory, not literally people dropping dead because they got switched to universal credit.

      https://fullfact.org/health/austerity-120000-unnecessary-deaths/

    • james
      3 weeks ago

      @ Gav

      granted, i recalled the figure, i didn’t actually go do research for a post to Jim.
      that being said the actual numbers are less important. people do literally die because of universal credit, and the numbers don’t count the amount of people driven to suicide by it either.

    • 3 weeks ago

      @ James

      Yes, you’ve done a bit of a ‘Lawrence Fox’ there 😉

  • jim
    3 weeks ago

    james,
    if your points are personal insults or aggressive accusations we just ignore them
    they add no value to your argument

    • james
      3 weeks ago

      @ Jim

      except plainly you don’t.

      what you ignore is the actual logic, the bits where i’m right, and respond with irrelevent nonsense because you have no actual argument to back up the things you say.

      your head is comforatble buried in the sand, i wouldn’t mind if it just stayed there, but when you pop up merely to cast scorn on those less fortunate than you, to imply that anyone going hungry must be some low-life junky, it disgusts me. thoroughly.

    • jim
      3 weeks ago

      not low life, though some are very likely to be junkys, many just unfortunate and misguided people ,making poor choices
      if more were spent on food, rather than drink ,gambling, etc ,they may not go quite as hungry
      off course the easy option is to blame others, then they dont need to change their ways because its not their fault

    • james
      3 weeks ago

      I’ll go back to the

      starting with £0, and having £0 income for 6 weeks. which smart, enlightened choices are you making to not go hungry? eating out of bins?
      You don’t have friends/family in a position to give you any money either.
      and the powercard just ran out.

      do explain to me Jim. you have all the answers. I see your “spend more on food” but i don’t see how that works out from £0, your drug budget is £0, your drink budget is £0, no fags, no tattoos, but somehow, you still have £0 for food. what else do we cut out that makes that £0 magically into food money?

  • Jim
    3 weeks ago

    a job might be the answer

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