Johnson’s Brexit deal officially becomes UK law Jan 24, 2020 0 1136 12345 DPALondonPrime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit legislation was given royal assent on Thursday, paving the way for Britain to begin the formal withdrawal from the European Union on January 31.The formal approval from Queen Elizabeth II followed final passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill through the British parliament late on Wednesday.Johnson said the approval of the bill had pushed the country over the “Brexit finish line,” and would allow it to “move forwards as one United Kingdom.” “At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it,” Johnson said.“Now we can put the rancour and division of the past three years behind us and focus on delivering a bright, exciting future - with better hospitals and schools, safer streets and opportunity spread to every corner of our country.” The European Parliament’s constitutional committee also signed off the withdrawal agreement on Thursday ahead of the final vote by EU lawmakers set for January 29. But Scottish National Party lawmaker Ian Blackford told parliament on Thursday that the passage of Johnson’s bill had created a “constitutional crisis” for the United Kingdom.Blackford said “something quite momentous has taken place” with royal assent for Johnson’s Brexit bill.“This is absolutely unprecedented and [...] a constitutional crisis,” he said.Johnson has vowed to negotiate new free-trade arrangements with Brussels by a December 31 deadline, ruling out any extension, but EU officials have dismissed his timetable as unrealistic. He has refused to rule out Britain leaving the bloc without a deal on future relations, after 47 years as a member of the bloc, if negotiations cannot be completed by the end of the year.A majority of 52 percent of voters opted to leave the EU in a referendum in June 2016. RELATED ARTICLES Trump, back from Davos, attacks impeachment trial Jan 24, 2020 0 407 China locks down cities to contain coronavirus Jan 24, 2020 0 484 Countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus Jan 24, 2020 0 911 How the world is responding to China virus outbreak AFP Paris Here is a rundown of the efforts by countries around the world to contain the outbreak. ▪ China has quarantined Wuhan, suspending public transport, closing roads and cancelling planes and trains to and from the .. Putin calls for summit of key UN Security Council members Jerusalem: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Thursday for a summit of leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, to “defend peace in the face of global instability”.His call came as Russia .. Brazil no longer refusing foreign funds to protect Amazon rainforest Berlin: Brazil is willing to accept foreign funding to protect the Amazon rainforest, Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Thursday, backtracking on the country’s earlier refusal of such aid. In August, far-right .. US to limit visas for pregnant women to curb ‘birth tourism’ AFP Washington The United States said on Thursday it will no longer issue temporary visitor visas to pregnant women seeking to enter the country for so-called “birth tourism.” In announcing the rule, which takes effect ..