An embattled bill allowing Britain to leave the European Union became law Tuesday.
After a year-long fight, the European Union Withdrawal Bill, often referred to as the Brexit bill, received royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II and passed into law, House Commons Speaker John Bercow announced Tuesday, Fox News reported.
This legislative action, a move cheered by pro-Brexit conservatives, translates thousands of pieces of European Union laws to British statute and officially repeals the 1972 European Communities Act that made Britain a part of the European Union.
The Brexit bill was first introduced in July 2017 and has been debated for over 250 hours since its introduction. Its passage into law is expected to pave the way for a clean withdrawal, as well as strengthen Britain’s negotiating position overall. The new legislation ensures that Britain will not run into any legislative roadblocks ahead of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union on March 29, 2019.
The U.K. first voted to leave the European Union in 2016. (RELATED: BREXIT: UK Votes To Leave European Union In Shock Result)
British Prime Minister Theresa May hailed Tuesday’s legislation as a “historic moment for our country and a significant step towards delivering on the will of the British people,” according to The Hill.
Pro-European Union lawmakers have vowed to fight the British government on other relevant legislation should it attempt to completely sever ties with the European block, The Associated Press reported.
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