June 26 (UPI) — British legislation to exit the European Union became law Tuesday, following royal approval.
The withdrawal bill received support from Queen Elizabeth II to formalize it into law, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Tuesday.
The law opens the door for Britain to leave the 28-member union, an effort known as “Brexit” that began two years ago.
“It helps to deliver a Brexit that protects our economy promotes our future prosperity,” May’s office added.
May said Tuesday the new law marked a “historic” moment for Britain.
“The EU Withdrawal Bill receiving Royal Assent is a historic moment for our country and a significant step towards delivering on the will of the British people.” she said.
The legislation, which was subject to more than 250 hours of fierce debate as it passed through British Parliament, enables EU law to be transferred into British law in an attempt to ensure a smooth exit from the bloc.
The EU Withdrawal Act also repeals the 1972 European Communities Act, which took Britain into the union and gave European law precedence over British laws.