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MPs give final backing to Withdrawal Agreement Bill

British MPs have given their final backing to the bill that will implement the government's Brexit deal. The House of Commons voted 330 to 231 in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and it will now pass to the House of Lords next week. Of course, if the peers choose to amend it will it come back before MPs.

The bill covers the separation payments to the EU, citizens' rights, customs arrangements for Northern Ireland and the planned 11-month transition period. The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 January.

The bill comfortably cleared its third reading in the House of Commons, as expected, with a majority of 99. All 330 votes in favour were Conservative.

It took just three days for the bill to pass the remaining stages in the Commons, after MPs gave their initial approval to the legislation before the Christmas recess.


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