British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed Britain’s EU divorce agreement on Friday after Brussels’ top two officials earlier did likewise at a ceremony behind closed doors.
In what is considered a formality, the European Parliament will vote on the agreement on January 29.
“Today I have signed the Withdrawal Agreement for the UK to leave the EU on January 31st, honoring the democratic mandate of the British people,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
“The signing of the Withdrawal Agreement is a fantastic moment, which finally delivers the result of the 2016 referendum and brings to an end far too many years of argument and division,” said Johnson, referring to EU membership referendum four years ago.
“We can now move forward as one country – with a government focused upon delivering better public services, greater opportunity and unleashing the potential of every corner of our brilliant United Kingdom, while building a strong new relationship with the EU as friends and sovereign equals.”