LONDON: Following the Brexit deal approved by British lawmakers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet said that the United Kingdom (UK) would leave the European Union (EU) by January 31, and transition would be concluded before December next year.
“The bill ensures that the implementation period must end on 31st of December next year with no possibility of an extension,” Johnson in the Parliament said, and added that the British trade deal would include ‘no alignment’ to EU rules.
Johnson added that the UK would crack down on unskilled immigration, and introduce a new points-based system.
Earlier in December, the Conservative party impressively won the UK general election on the back of Johnson’s Brexit rhetoric, and on Friday, the withdrawal agreement passed by the House of Commons by 358 votes to 234.
“Now is the moment to come together and write a new and exciting chapter in our national story, to forge a new partnership with our European friends, to stand tall in the world,” he added.
With 11 months for transition, starting February 1, 2020, the UK would have to quickly resolve issues and reach on a consensus on foreign policies including trade with the EU.
The Brexit accord is a significant step toward the country’s departure from the EU.
In June 2016, 51.9% Britishers voted that UK should quit the EU.
In March 2017, the UK government formally started the process to withdrawal by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union with consent from the Parliament.
However, the UK and the EU initially agreed to a deal in November 2018 but British Parliamentarians vetoed it.
In March this year, the UK Parliament voted for former Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU to delay Brexit until April, and then later October.