On 29 March, the day the UK was due to leave the EU, British lawmakers voted 33rd against May`s deal – and this time they rejected it by 344 votes to 286. After the recent defeat, May approached the main leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, to find a compromise, angering hardline supporters in their own Conservative party. Today`s vote means that Members have adopted the general principles of the legislation, and it will now move to the so-called “committee stage,” where further consideration will take place. Here is a guide to the rest on the Parliament`s website. In a referendum in June 2016, Britons voted 52% to 48% in favour of Brexit, which has since so cruelly divided the country between the Leave- and Remain camps. It is bitterly disappointing that the government, after a victory over the Lords, rejected my amendment in the House of Commons. What could be more humane than requiring unaccompanied minor refugees stranded in Europe to be able to reach relatives in that country? t.co/XiwoY0FIiz He would have forced the government to commit to negotiating an agreement with the EU on refugee children – and thus to harden the promise that exists in the bill to make a statement on this subject within two months. With regard to the historical importance of the vote, most speakers stressed, on behalf of the political groups, that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom would not be the end of the road to eu-UK relations and that the ties between the peoples of Europe are and will remain strong. They also stressed the possibility of learning from Brexit to shape the future of the EU and thanked the UK and its MPs for their contribution throughout the UK`s accession. Many speakers warned that negotiations on future relations between the EU and the UK would be difficult, particularly given the timetable set out in the withdrawal agreement. The agreement also provides for a transitional period, which will last until 31 December 2020 and can be extended by mutual agreement. During the transitional period, EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK (including participation in the European Economic Area, the internal market and the customs union) and the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget, but the UK will not be represented in EU decision-making bodies. The transition period will give businesses time to adapt to the new situation and the new era, so that the British and European governments can negotiate a new trade agreement between the EU and the UK.
  The British Parliament approved the draft agreement by adopting implementing laws (the European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 on 23 January 2020.