On Tuesday, June 12, the Lower House of the Parliament voted on the Brexit plan with 324 votes supporting it and 298 against.
British Prime Minister Theresa May won support from the Parliament, but she had to make concessions with Brexit opponents amongst Conservative Party. As a result, the Parliament will gain more control over the process of the Brexit. While some British politicians would like to maintain close ties with Brussels, others insist on keeping the distance between the UK and the European Union. For Mrs May the results of the current vote are very important especially in the light of her unsuccessful Parliamentary Elections in 2017. The Conservative party has a minimal majority in the House of Representatives.
The transition period, during which London and Brussels will have to agree on a future partnership, will begin after the official withdrawal of the UK from the EU in March 2019 and will take 21 months. During this time, Britain will not be able to participate in any EU decision-making procedures, but will have to continue to comply with EU rules, contribute to its budget and recognize the decisions of the EU court. In addition, London will remain a member of the European market and the customs union.