British Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a victory of British Parliament on Friday that paves the way for Britain’s exit from the European Union on January 31.
Boris Johnson said the country was now “one step closer to getting Brexit done”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told his MPs to vote against the bill, saying there was “a better and fairer way” to leave the EU – but six of them backed the government.
Mr Johnson insists a trade deal with the EU can be in place by the end of the transition period, but critics say this timescale is unrealistic.
The bill had been expected to pass easily after the Conservatives won an 80-seat majority at last week’s general election.
MPs also backed the timetable for further debate on the bill over three days when they return after the Christmas recess – on 7, 8 and 9 January.
UK government says it will get the bill into law in time for the 31 January Brexit deadline.
The legislation, which would implement the Brexit agreement the prime minister reached with the EU in October, was introduced in Thursday’s British Monarch’s Speech, setting out the government’s priorities for the next year.
British lawmakers voted narrowly to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum.
But previous attempts to pass a Brexit deal through the U.K. Parliament foundered as lawmakers objected to sections of the agreement and demanded a bigger say in the process.
Johnson’s election victory finally gives him the power to get his way.
The bill commits Britain to leaving the EU on Jan. 31 and to concluding trade talks with the bloc by the end of 2020.
Trade experts and EU officials say striking a free trade deal within 11 months will be a struggle.