Yesterday, the EU bill (withdrawal agreement), the legislation that will withdraw the UK from the EU next week, parliament learned. This has been a foregone conclusion since then Boris Johnson won the general election with an almost overwhelming majority and, in a curious paradox, the Brexit An agreement that paralyzed parliament for more than two years and overthrew a prime minister, barely made it to the news when he finally overcame his last parliamentary obstacle. In response, Johnson presented this statement:
Parliament passed the withdrawal agreement law, which means that we will leave the EU on 31 January and move forward as a United Kingdom.
Sometimes it seemed that we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we already did.
Now we can leave behind the grudge and division of the past three years and focus on offering a bright and exciting future – with better hospitals and schools, safer streets and opportunities scattered throughout the country.Advertisement
But "crossing the finish line" can be a little optimistic, as the government has yet to decide what its final trade relationship with the EU will look like, and last night a senior EU official used a speech in London to express that argument. . Stefaan De Rynck, the senior adviser to Michel Barnier, the EU's top Brexit negotiator, said that the next thing would be "more complicated" and that a "dose of realism" was needed. As Jack Blanchard reports at your London Playbook briefing For Politico Europe, De Rynck said:
There should be no misunderstanding that the next phase will be more complicated to negotiate than the withdrawal agreement.Advertisement
The construction of the text for the withdrawal contract was not always easy – but, compared to the construction of the text for the future relationship contract, we are talking about two different types of exercises. Time constraints should lead to a dose of realism about what can be achieved.
Soon, I will be filing more of De Rynck's speech.
We’ll hear more about Brexit on Commons later, because Liz Truss and Jacob Rees-Mogg are both asking questions. Otherwise, it looks like a peaceful day.
Here's the agenda for the day.
9:30 am: Liz Truss, secretary of international trade, asks questions at Commons.
After 10:30 am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of Commons, asks questions at Commons about next week's business.
Lunch time: Boris Johnson meets Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, in Downing Street.
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