Britain is on course to leave the EU in 42 days after MPs voted overwhelmingly to back the Government’s Brexit deal.

The Commons voted 358 to 234 - a majority of 124 votes - to approve Boris Johnson ’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill - paving the way for the UK to quit the bloc on January 31.

Six Labour MPs rebelled against the party whip in order to vote with the Government on the Brexit bill - Sarah Champion, Rosie Cooper, Jon Cruddas, Emma Lewell-Buck, Grahame Morris and Toby Perkins.

32 Labour MPs abstained. There were no Tory rebels on the vote.

But the Prime Minister faced a furious backlash after watering down a legal requirement to accept unaccompanied child refugees in the EU who have a relative in the UK.

Three-and-a-half years after the 2016 Brexit referendum - and after three deadlines for leaving were missed - MPs spent five hours debating the departure pact on Friday.

The PM said the Bill “must not be seen as a victory for one party over another, or one faction over another”.

He added: “This is the time when we move on and discard the old labels of Leave and Remain.”

But Jeremy Corbyn branded the Government’s handling of Brexit a “national embarrassment” since 2016.

Johnson was offering a “terrible” Brexit deal, the outgoing Labour leader said.

Boris Johnson made passing the bill a centrepiece of his election campaign

Confirming Labour would oppose the deal, he added: “We remain certain there is a better and fairer way for this country to leave the European Union.

“One which would not risk ripping our communities apart, selling out our public services or sacrificing hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process.

“This deal is a road map for the reckless direction in which the Government and our Prime Minister are determined to take our country.”

He attacked the PM for removing sections of the legislation relating to offering sanctuary to orphans and unaccompanied child refugees.

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Mr Corbyn said it was “one of the most appalling sections of this Bill” and “nothing short of an absolute disgrace”.

He added: “Coming to up to Christmas shame on this Government for abandoning children in this way.”

Labour backbencher Lisa Nandy, who is expected to stand for the party leadership, said Mr Johnson had “not earned the right to shoehorn into this legislation measures that are a direct attack on some of the most vulnerable children in the world”.

The Wigan MP added: “If he thinks that people in towns like mine who believe that we should deliver Brexit want to see us turn our back on decency and tolerance and kindness and warmth and empathy, he is wrong.”

But Mr Johnson insisted: “We remain absolutely committed to ensuring that we continue in this country to receive unaccompanied children, as we have done.”