Yesterday afternoon, the Speaker John Bercow informed the House of Commons that the Queen had given her Royal Assent to the EU Withdrawal Bill, meaning it now becomes an Act of Parliament.
The legislation enables EU law to be transferred into UK law in an attempt to ensure a smooth Brexit.
The Act sparked some of the fiercest debates between politicians in recent decades and led to parliamentary ping pong between the Commons and Lords.
Also called the Great Repeal Bill, especially by the Prime Minister Theresa May, it will see around 12,000 pieces of EU regulations and transfer them into UK law, so they can be scrapped as and when the politicians decide.
The legislation was first introduced into parliament in July 2017 and was analysed line-by-line in both houses. The Lords considered it for over 100 hours.
The Lords made 15 changes to the legislation, which included a ‘meaningful vote’ in parliament on the final deal, which would have undermined the Prime Minister’s negotiating position.
Theresa May however, saw off a successful rebellion led by Tory Rebel Dominic Grieve in the House of Commons, which led to a defeat on the ‘meaningful vote’ amendment.
In the final reckoning the House of Commons spent 112 hours and 33 minutes considering the Act and the House of Lords clocked up 160 hours and 40 minutes.
Once it was announced that the Queen had given her Royal Assent to the Bill, Tory MPs cheered as it now allows the UK to move on and deliver the Brexit the British people voted for.
The government said that in the coming weeks it would begin using the powers in the new law.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said it was a “landmark moment” in the Brexit process.
“We will now begin the work of preparing our statute book, using the provisions in this Act, to ensure we are ready for any scenario, giving people and businesses the certainty they need.”