British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed 109 new Conservative lawmakers to Parliament yesterday, promising to honour his election-winning pledges to get Brexit done as soon as possible and boost funding for the state health service.
If the bill passes and Britain leaves the European Union on time, the country will enter a transition period when European Union rules and regulations would still apply in the country and people and goods would still be able to pass freely between the United Kingdom and the remaining European Union members. It said the two leaders look forward to "continued cooperation on issues such as security and trade, including the negotiation of an ambitious free trade agreement".
"This election and the new generation of MPs that have resulted from Labour towns turning blue will help change our politics for the better", said a source in Mr Johnson's Downing Street official residence.
"I can absolutely confirm that we will have an opportunity to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in relatively short order and then we will make sure that it passes before January 31st", cabinet office minister Michael Gove told Sky News.
Since the stunning Brexit vote back in June 2016, there has been plenty of bad blood between London and Brussels, and the relationship may have worsened since Boris Johnson took over as prime minister.
The deliberations are expected to proceed smoothly, given his party's large majority in the House of Commons. It will be up to the speaker of the House of Commons to determine if Parliament will hold its first major vote on the bill that same day or will wait until January after the Christmas recess.
Queen Elizabeth II will formally open Parliament on Thursday with a speech outlining the government's legislative program.
Rishi Sunak, a deputy finance minister, said the government aimed to re-submit the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to parliament for ratification before Christmas to allow ministers to start work on other priorities such as "levelling up" the country. British voters not only handed Johnson a comfortable majority in parliament, but also gave him the green light to take Britain out of the European Union, after three and a half years of legal and political wrangling that has torn the United Kingdom apart and led to "Brexaustion" on the part of the public.
Towns, villages and even families have been fractured.
He said there would be a new leader in place by early next year, and already some said they were considering running.
But they did not support the narrow timeframe Mr Johnson wanted for them to pass it, leading him to call the election.