British lawmakers voted “overwhelmingly” to approve new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan–setting the stage for the country to leave the European Union on January 31, 2020.
The lawmakers voted 358 to 234 to send the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to the next phase, according to Fox News.
Fox News reports:
The U.K.’s departure will open a new phase of Brexit, as Britain and the EU race to strike new relationships for trade, security and a host of other areas by the end of 2020.
Britain voted narrowly to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum. But previous attempts by Johnson and his predecessor, Theresa May, to pass a Brexit deal through the U.K. Parliament foundered as lawmakers objected to sections of the agreement and demanded a bigger say in the process. Johnson’s election victory finally gives him the power to get his way.
In last week’s election, Johnson delivered the biggest win for his Conservative party since Margaret Thatcher in 1987–securing 365 seats (gaining 47) compared to Labour’s 203 seats.