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UK lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade deal

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Added On January 15, 2021

 British lawmakers have approved the post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union (EU) by a large majority, paving the way for an orderly Brexit.   

 
They voted 521-73 to back the trade deal in the House of Commons (lower house of the British Parliament) at its first stage after only five hours of debate on Wednesday.
 
The British parliament was recalled on Wednesday to put the agreement into British law, one day before Britain stops following EU rule.
 
Earlier on Wednesday, European Council President Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen both formally signed the trade agreement in Brussels on behalf of the EU.
 
The signing ceremony was held after the provisional application of the agreement as of Jan. 1, 2021 was approved by the EU member states on Tuesday. 
 
The trade deal will need to be scrutinized by the European Parliament early next year before it is formally ratified by the EU Council.
 
The EU and Britain announced last Thursday that they had reached an agreement that will govern bilateral trade and security.