The Queen has granted Royal Assent to Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal.
Her signature puts the agreement into British law, preventing a no-deal Brexit at 11pm on Thursday when the transition period ends.
The deal has been fast-tracked through Parliament in just one day. The Prime Minister has said the deal will accomplish something that had previously been considered to be “impossible”.
The agreement was voted for by 521 votes by 73, a majority of 448. One Labour MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, voted against the deal, with 36 other Labour MPs abstaining. The Liberal Democrats, SNP and Democratic Unionist Party voted against the deal.
Despite voting in favour of the deal, Labour leader Keir Starmer labelled it “a thin agreement.”
A statement from The Prime Minister said: “The destiny of this great country now resides firmly in our hands.
We take on this duty with a sense of purpose and with the interests of the British public at the heart of everything we do.
11pm on the 31st December marks a new beginning in our country’s history and a new relationship with the EU as their biggest ally. This moment is finally upon us and now is the time to seize it.”
Boris also added a warning about Labour Leader Keir Starmer, claiming he “intends to ask the British people for a mandate to rewrite the deal in 2024”.
I think frankly we got Brexit done, let’s keep Brexit done.”