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Brexit withdrawal agreement vote: What does the vote mean for Brexit?

MPs have voted by 358 to 234 to back Boris Johnson's Brexit bill today, meaning it passed with a huge majority of 124 votes. Here's the new Commons timeline, and what the bill's passing today really means for the future of Brexit.

Now Boris Johnson's withdrawal agreement has passed its second reading in the Commons, it is almost certain Britain will leave the EU on January 31.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said prior to the vote his party would continue to oppose the bill, however some Labour MPs have argued they should back the bill in order to move on.

Mr Corbyn said: “This deal will be used as a battering ram to drive us down the path towards more deregulation and towards a toxic deal with Donald Trump that will sell out our NHS and push up the price of medicines.

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Brexit withdrawal agreement vote: What does the vote mean for Brexit?

Brexit withdrawal agreement vote: What does the vote mean for Brexit? (Image: GETTY - PA)

Boris Johnson's withdrawal agreement has passed its second reading in the Commons

Brexit withdrawal agreement vote: Boris Johnson's withdrawal agreement has passed its second reading in the Commons (Image: GETTY)

"We remain certain there is a better and fairer way for Britain to leave the EU.”

Even without Labour's backing, the Brexit bill passed with a solid majority in the Commons today.

The timeline is now well and truly set for Britain's exit from the EU.

So what happens next?

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the Commons

Brexit withdrawal agreement vote: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would not back the withdrawal agreement (Image: GETTY)

What does the vote mean for Brexit?

The bill agrees the implementation period will be in place until December 31, 2020.

This means the prime minister will have until the end of the post-Brexit transitionary period to secure a trade deal with the EU.

Parliament will soon break for Christmas recess, and the Bill will likely return to the House of Commons to be debated between January 7-9.

The bill then passes to the House of Lords for approval.

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After this, all that is left is for the bill to receive Royal Assent. 

Prior to the vote, Mr Johnson said: “We come together as a new parliament to break the deadlock and finally to get Brexit done."

If these stages are all completed smoothly without a hitch, Britain will be on course to leave the European Union on January 31.

The passing of the Brexit withdrawal agreement marks the end of years of parlimentary deadlock in the Commons.

MPs had been voting this afternoon on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

Brexit withdrawal agreement vote: MPs had been voting this afternoon on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal (Image: PA)

On multiple occasions Mr Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, failed to get her withdrawal agreement past MPs. 

After Theresa May's resignation, the newly elected party leader Mr Johnson was strongly in favour of a snap general eelction. 

After MPs voted in favour of an early election, the gamble paid off for the Conservative leader, but ended disastrously for the Labour Party.

The Conservatives secured 365 seats in the House of Commons, while Labour lost 42 - claiming a total of 203 in this election.

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