Brexit Withdrawal Agreement gets Royal Assent

Small toy figure is seen in front of UK and European Union displayed flags in this illustration picture, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The Bill implementing Britain’s exit deal with the European Union officially became law on Thursday (Jan 24) ahead of the country’s departure from the bloc next week.

The legislation passed its final parliamentary stage on Wednesday, after more than three years of bitter wrangling over how, when and even if Brexit should take place.

Queen Elizabeth gave it Royal Assent, the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said on Twitter.

Britain is due to leave the bloc at 2300 GMT on Jan. 31. A consent vote in the EU Parliament will take place on Jan 29.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to formally sign the Withdrawal Agreement in the coming days.