Downing Street received a delivery of English sparkling wine today
Downing Street received a delivery of English sparkling wine today as Boris Johnson prepares for the Queen to rubber-stamp his Brexit Bill and make it law.
Parliament finally gave its formal backing to the European Union Withdrawal Agreement Bill last night.
The draft legislation, which is needed to ensure the UK's departure from the bloc is an orderly one, is now being sent to the Queen so she can give it Royal Assent.
Royal Assent from the monarch is the last stage which a bill must pass to make it onto the statute book.
Once it has been given - expected late this afternoon or early this evening - the so-called WAB will become an Act of Parliament.
It means the UK is now guaranteed to leave the EU on January 31 at 11pm after more than three years of torturous wrangling over Britain's divorce from Brussels.
Downing Street took delivery of the wine this morning but it is unclear whether the PM will crack open a bottle to celebrate the historic moment.
Speaking after the WAB finished making its way through the House of Commons and the House of Lords last night, Mr Johnson said: 'Parliament has passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, meaning we will leave the EU on 31 January and move forwards as one United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson, pictured in Downing Street yesterday, managed to successfully get his Brexit deal through Parliament with MPs and peers finishing scrutinising the draft laws last night
The delivery of sparkling wine to Number 10 came as Mr Johnson prepared for the Queen to give his EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill Royal Assent so it can become an Act of Parliament
'At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it.
'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 Prime Minister's official spokesman was asked today if Mr Johnson had celebrated the successful completion of the passage of the WAB through Parliament last night with a glass of champagne.
The spokesman would not be drawn but said: ‘It has been a long three years but we have got Brexit over the line and the PM wants to move the whole country forward as one to a brighter future.’
Once the WAB has been given Royal Assent the PM will then sign the Withdrawal Agreement treaty he struck with Brussels to formalise the UK's divorce from the EU.
Now that the legislation is about to become law, attention will shift to a vote on the Brexit deal in the European Parliament next Wednesday.
MEPs will be asked to vote for the deal just 48 hours before the UK's scheduled departure from the bloc but the outcome is viewed as a formality.