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New Post-Brexit trade agreement between UK and EU signed into law

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The post-Brexit trade agreement Between the United Kingdom and European Union has been signed into law after being passed in the Commons, Lords and going on to be granted Royal Assent.

MPs overwhelming back the post-Brexit agreement during fast proceedings in the house on Wednesday, the EU (Future Relationship) Bill, bringing the trade deal into UK law, was backed in the House of Commons by 521 to 73 votes on Wednesday after Parliament was recalled from its Christmas break.

The House of Lords later passed it at third reading – its final stage – without a vote and the Queen – who is spending the festive period at Windsor Castle rather than Sandringham because of the coronavirus pandemic – gave the final approval, with her granting Royal Assent.

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During an interview with the BBC, Prime Minister Johnson said the deal would allow the UK to “go our own way but also have free trade” with the EU.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel signed the deal earlier on Wednesday in Brussels.

It will come into force at 23:00 on Thursday, but although the European Parliament has begun its scrutiny of the 1,246-page document, it will not get a chance to ratify it formally until early in the new year.

However, the deal was unanimously backed by the ambassadors from the 27 nations and the member states gave their written approval on Tuesday.

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