Elections have consequences, as the saying goes, and sometimes very big consequences. Fresh off a massive electoral landslide, Boris Johnson easily passed his Brexit deal with the European Union through Parliament on a 124-vote majority. The bill not only set a firm exit date from the EU for the end of January, it also set a deadline for negotiating a trade deal one year from now:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bill, backed by a huge parliamentary majority, will take the country out of the 28-member bloc on Jan. 31, and lays the groundwork for sweeping foreign and trade policy shifts.
The 358 to 234 vote marks a significant breakthrough for Johnson, who stormed to electoral victory last week on a pledge to “get Brexit done.” The former mayor of London won the largest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher in 1987, confirming his position as prime minister after he took over from Theresa May in July.