A bill enacting Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has received royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II, finally becoming law after months of debate.
Speaker of parliament John Bercow made this announced concerning the fate of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which repeals the 1972 European Communities Act through which Britain became a member, on Tuesday.
Key points of the law
The bill transfers decades of European law onto British statute books in a bid to avoid any legal disruption.
Pro-Brexit demonstrators take part in a counter demonstration against the People’s Vote march for a second EU referendum in London, the second anniversary of the EU referendum, June 23, 2018. /VCG Photo
It also enshrines Brexit day in British law as March 29, 2019 at 11 p.m. (2300 GMT) – midnight Brussels time, defined by the end of the two-year Article 50 withdrawal process.
The end of a marathon-like debate
The bill has undergone more than 250 hours of acrimonious debate in the Houses of Parliament since it was introduced in July 2017.