Ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement by law is a prerequisite for the orderly exit of Great Britain from the European Union on January 31. The passage of the law will restore confidence in parliament and democracy, Brexit minister Steven Barclay said during the debate.
Before the law can come into force, however, the draft must go through several stages in the upper house. Should the Lords make changes to it, the House of Commons approval would be required again. However, it is considered almost impossible that substantial changes will occur. Since the overwhelming victory of Johnson’s conservatives in the election last year, no significant resistance can be expected from Parliament. The days of tight voting are over.
Great Britain will remain in a transition phase until the end of 2020, during which practically nothing will change. During this time, London and Brussels must agree on an agreement on future relations. However, whether this can succeed given the tight schedule is considered uncertain. However, Johnson categorically excludes an extension option of up to two years, which is still open until July.