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Lawmakers approve Brexit bill, UK on course for Jan 31 exit

If all goes according to plan, Britain will be leaving the European Union at the end of the month.
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In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during the first Prime Minister's Questions of the year, in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.

Britain’s House of Commons has given final approval to the bill authorizing the country’s departure from the European Union, paving the way for Brexit at the end of the month. 

Lawmakers voted 330-231 on Thursday to pass the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. 

It will become law once it is approved by Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, which does not have the power to overturn decisions of the elected Commons. 

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The bill’s Commons passage is a victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has vowed to take Britain out of the EU on the scheduled date of Jan. 31.