Brexit: UK MPs vote 330-221 for Withdrawal Agreement Bill

Progress is finally being made on the UK exit from the European Union,

BBC: MPs give final backing to Withdrawal Agreement Bill

The Commons voted 330 to 231 in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and it will now pass to the House of Lords for further scrutiny next week.

If peers choose to amend it will it come back before MPs.

The bill covers “divorce” payments to the EU, citizens’ rights, customs arrangements for Northern Ireland and the planned 11-month transition period.

The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 January.

The bill comfortably cleared its third reading in the House of Commons, as expected, with a majority of 99. All 330 votes in favour were Conservative.

It took just three days for the bill to pass the remaining stages in the Commons, after MPs gave their initial approval to the legislation before the Christmas recess.

The latest vote gives approval to the 11-month transition period after 31 January, in which the UK will cease to be an EU member but will continue to follow its rules and contribute to its budget.

The purpose of the transition period is to give time for the UK and EU to negotiate their future relationship, including a trade deal.

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  1. Duker

     /  11th January 2020

    Number seem strange 330 to 231. Thats a total of 561 votes. The House of Commons 650 Mps. Some dont vote like Speaker and deputies. Sinn Feinn dont sit.
    But still thats nearly 90 ‘not counted’
    Sounds like a ‘block abstentions’ not mentioned .

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  11th January 2020

      The pairs system effectively doubles absenteeism, doesn’t it? Plus some of the smaller parties probably did abstain in numbers.

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  2. Duker

     /  11th January 2020

    Second reading just before Xmas passed 358 to 234. That had 6 labour MPs voting for and 32 abstained.
    Seems based on previous vote a lot of Tory MPs weren’t present , I can’t see any being allowed to abstain.

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