Tue, 18 May 2021

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Committees of the European Parliament handling relations with Britain have approved the EU-UK post-Brexit trade and cooperation deal, thereby making way for its ratification.

In March, leaders of the European Parliament postponed the ratification, as a mark of disapproval of the unilateral decisions made by the government of the UK in the Britain-Northern Ireland trade provisions, as Brussels alleged that the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement's terms were breached.

Britain departed from the EU on January 31 following protracted periods of complex discussions centering on their relations in the future, though ambiguity still lingers over several details, thereby triggering an acrimonious atmosphere.

However, the trade and foreign affairs committees of the Parliament have approved the December trade and cooperation agreement, with 108 votes favoring it.

The European Parliament is expected to also approve the agreement, though uncertainty still looms over how some members will vote.

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