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European Council approves Brexit deal, ratification is complete

Source : 112 Ukraine

The deal will take effect on January 31
17:53, 30 January 2020

Unian

The European Council has approved the agreement on the withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU, officially ending the process of ratification on its side. This is mentioned on the website of the Council

The deal will take effect at midnight of January 31, 2020. 

"From that time on, the UK will no longer be an EU member state and will be considered as a third country. The withdrawal agreement ensures an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union. It covers citizens' rights, the financial settlement, a transition period, protocols on Ireland/Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Gibraltar, governance and other separation issues", reads the message.

Previously, the European Parliament ratified the Brexit agreement offered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 631 MP supported the bill, 49 voted against it. Another 13 abstained.

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The visa-free regime will be implemented for UK citizens in Ukraine. However, it will be temporary; it is supposed to expire on January 30, 2021. 

"On 23 June 2016, UK citizens voted to leave the EU. On 29 March 2017, the UK formally notified the European Council of its intention to leave the EU. On 17 October 2019, the European Council (Article 50) endorsed the withdrawal agreement as agreed by the negotiators of both sides. It also endorsed the revised political declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship", reads the message on the Council's website.

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