After the British parliament had already approved the Brexit Act on Wednesday, the British Queen Elizabeth has now also approved the Withdrawal Agreement, Bill.
We are still waiting for the European Parliament.
The news about the “royal assent” of the Queen was announced on Thursday in the British House of Commons. The fact that the British prince approved the Brexit Act means that the entire procedure has been completed in the United Kingdom.
The adoption of the Brexit Act, which transposes the agreement on the British departure from the EU into British legislation, was only possible after Prime Minister Boris Johnson had won a significant victory in the December 12 elections.
The European Parliament will also vote on the Brexit agreement next Wednesday. Before the plenary can decide, the competent Institutional Affairs committee must first do so.
Those MPs will vote later today. The European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will sign the agreement on Friday.
On 31 January, more than 3.5 years after the Brexit referendum of 23 June 2016, the UK will be able to leave the European Union.
Then a transitional period will begin, during which the British will continue to be part of the European customs union and the European internal market until the end of this year. During that transition period, British and European negotiators will seek a new agreement on bilateral trade.