His decision to abolish a previous promise to guarantee the reunification of minors with relatives in Britain after Brexit was accepted in a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday, despite outrage from opposition parties. Yes, probably. The days of minority government are over and the hours he spent holding “decisive” votes in the House of Commons on various Brexit laws, when Mr Johnson and his predecessor Theresa May were trying to get enough support from MPs. The second (Amendment 20) concerns the knowledge of the Sewel Convention, which guarantees that the British Parliament cannot legislate on decentralised issues without the agreement of the de decentralised legislator. MEPs voted by 239 votes in favour and 235 against, resulting in the amendment. The bill has passed through the vote since first reading before Christmas – a stark contrast to the Brexit fight in the House of Commons that we have become accustomed to. I am told that more than 30 @UKLabour Members of Parliament abstained or stayed away – you do not know if, or to what extent, there has been a mating. The European Parliament will launch its internal procedure for adopting the withdrawal agreement at its meeting of the Constitutional Affairs Committee tomorrow at 4 p.m. After a debate and vote, the committee will recommend to the plenary of the European Parliament to vote on the final approval of the agreement, scheduled for next Wednesday in Brussels. Johnson has insisted that a trade deal with the EU can be reached by the end of the transition period, but critics say the timetable is not realistic. 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.  And Mr Johnson is now preparing to rush the final votes to legalise everything before Brexit day, 31 January, after which Britain will enter the post-Brexit transition period. This bill aims to implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU. However, the Labour MP for South Shields, Emma Lewell-Buck, said she would vote in favour of the bill and added: “The party opposite has a mandate they didn`t have before. Read our story on the passage of the Second Reading Withdrawal Treaty Act here. Heather Stewart, political editor of the Guardian, writes: The most important elements of the draft agreement are:  The Northern Ireland Protocol, known as the “Irish Backstop”, was an annex to the November 2018 draft agreement, which described provisions to avoid a hard border in Ireland after the UK`s withdrawal from the European Union.