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Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill faces its first vote Friday in the House of Commons since the prime minister seeks to drive the legislation through Parliament and take the U.K. from the European Union on Jan. 31.
The legislation will then be set to progress through the remaining measures in January, after a Christmas recess. The Tories’ new majority indicates an end to the stalemate that is hobbled the government.
By making progress on the divorce before Parliament breaks up, Johnson intends to show he is moving quickly to deliver on pledges that swept his party to electoral wins in chairs in northern and central England that haven’t voted Conservative in years.
‘Today we find the Brexit vote wrapped up for Christmas and will deliver,’ Johnson said in a statement. ‘After years of rancor and delay in Parliament, we’ll deliver certainty, and across this nation will have a firm foundation on which to plan for the future businesses and people .’
Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg late on Thursday said that following Friday’s session, the Brexit Bill will return to the chamber for debate on Jan. 7, 8 and 9.
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The prime minister on Thursday heralded a’golden age’ for the U.K., after discovering what he described as the’most radical’ program of law-making in a generation.
‘This Isn’t a program for one year or one Parliament, it is a blueprint for the future of Britain: Just imagine where this nation could be in 10 years’ time,’ Johnson told the House of Commons.’ I don’t believe it implausible or vainglorious to say that a golden era for this United Kingdom is within reach.’
The draft legislation Friday to be debated is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which will allow the UK to leave the EU on January 31 before formally triggering trade talks.
The revamped bill, similar to one introduced to Parliament by Johnson in October, removes provisions for workers’ rights which were meant to acquire the support of opposition MPs and strips lawmakers of much of their state over leaving the bloc. The new bill also removes a state for MPs over negotiations and stops them from forcing an extension of the implementation period, which is scheduled to end in December 2020.
Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said Johnson was putting jobs, the environment and food standards at risk and accused him of seeking to’sell out’ the National Health Service in a’toxic deal with Donald Trump.’
Johnson’has deliberately resurrected the danger of no price at the end of next year, which would decimate industry and destroy people’s jobs,’ Corbyn told the House of Commons on Thursday. ‘We do not want our NHS given over to U.S. corporations and we do not want expensive medicines with extended patents and we don’t want food such as chlorinated chicken on the dinner tables ‘
Johnson pledged action on immigration and tougher sentences for criminals, in a legislative program loaded with the pledges he made to win support in formerly Labour-held districts. Alongside a law to ensure increased spending on the NHS and responsibilities to hire more police officers, there are political promises to offer free parking in hospitals and get people home quickly from their vacations if travel businesses go bust.