Statements by MEPs after the vote: First and second part In the 2016 referendum, the UK voted in favour of leaving the EU at 52% against 48%. But the difficulties that followed in getting Brexit through Parliament led to a deadlock in Westminster. The second (Amendment 20) concerns the knowledge of the Sewel Convention, which guarantees that the British Parliament cannot legislate on decentralised issues without the agreement of the de decentralised legislator. MEPs voted by 239 votes in favour and 235 against, resulting in the amendment. The second (Amendment 12) deprives ministers of the power to decide which courts may depart from the judgments of the European Court of Justice. MEPs voted against by 241 votes in favour and 205, which resulted in the amendment. In a referendum in June 2016, Britons voted 52% to 48% in favour of Brexit, which has since so cruelly divided the country between the Leave- and Remain camps. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, welcomed the vote and tweeted that it was an “important step in the process of ratifying Article 50”. He added that “equal conditions of competition remain a must for all future relations.” He recalled the EU`s call for fair competition in exchange for a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas. The European Parliament expects the withdrawal treaty to be ratified on 29 January, when the next steps at Westminster go ahead as planned and pave the way for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.
This bill aims to implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU. The process of ratifying the withdrawal agreement will continue next year, but Friday`s vote is expected to indicate in part that the UK is now heading towards the departure date of 31 January. On 23 June, almost 52% of British voters decided to leave the EU following a strong referendum campaign. Before the vote, the polls had shown a tight race with a slight lead for supporters of remaining in the EU. Conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron, who argued for Britain`s continued existence, acknowledged the “will of the British people” and resigned the next morning. In the face of inexorable opposition, May postponed a parliamentary vote on the deal on 10 December. The next day, she met with Chancellor Angela Merkel to get assurances that she hoped would be enough to convince skeptical lawmakers to back the deal. But while she was gone, radical conservatives triggered a vote of no confidence.
May won the vote the next day. MEPs unanimously approved all the Commons amendments (vote). The proposed programme was approved by 353 votes to 243. It`s from the BBC`s political correspondent, Iain Watson. He says up to 30 Labour MPs abstained from voting on the Brexit bill this afternoon or did not abstain. In a debate with Croatian Secretary of State for European Affairs Nikolina Brnjac on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU CHIEF negotiator Michel Barnier took stock of the withdrawal process and the challenges to be met so far. The transitional period from 1 February expires at the end of December 2020. Any agreement on future relations between the EU and the UK must be concluded in full before that date, when it is due to come into force on 1 January 2021. Parliament`s coordination group in the United Kingdom, led by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman David McAllister (EPP, DE), will work with the EU Task Force on Relations with the UK and will work with the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on International Trade and all other relevant committees. The Pe will closely monitor the work of EU negotiator Michel Barnier and will continue to influence the negotiations through resolutions.