- Aug 31, 2008
*second reading was passed, it's expected to be approved and become law in January.Brexit deal has been approved by Parliament*.
Boris Johnson has taken the first step towards delivering his pre-election promise to take the UK out of the EU on 31 January.
The prime minister, flush with his newly-acquired House of Commons majority, saw MPs vote in favour of his EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill by 359 votes to 234 at its second reading, a majority of 124.
The legislation, which will return to parliament for its final stages after Christmas, is needed to ratify Mr Johnson's Brexit deal - which he agreed with the EU in October - and put the exit agreement into UK law.
The House of Commons supports the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill at its first stage as the PM puts his new majority to work.