Three-and-a-half years after Britons backed Brexit, the PM’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill is set to get royal assent and become law.

Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill has cleared its final parliamentary hurdle, enabling Britain to leave the EU at the end of this month.

Three-and-a-half years after Britons backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum, the prime minister’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill is set to be given royal assent and become law in the coming days.

Mr Johnson’s deal still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament ahead of Brexit day.

But barring unforeseen circumstances, Britain’s 47-year membership of the bloc will come to an end next Friday.

Furnished with a large Commons majority in the wake of his general election victory, the PM steered the bill through the lower chamber earlier this month.

It then went to the Lords, with peers in the upper chamber passing a number of amendments to the bill.

Among them was an amendment from Labour peer Lord Dubs, calling for the restoration of the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK post-Brexit.

Yesterday and today I have been on management team meeting in the Gothernjurg archepelago.

We have discussed the planning for 2020, which will be an exiting year for our company.

We are now 850 Customs and Border experts working from offices in 13 countries.

We are a fast growing company and it is always important to organize the cooperation through all parts of our company to be able to deliver the best possible services and products to our clinets.

I am comvinced that 2020 will be our best year ever. Just like 2019.

38 years old, and still one of the fastest. According to Calciomercato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s top 32.4 kilometer record makes him the Serie A’s fastest striker this season.

Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to Milan, the Serie A team has not lost with the Swedish striker on the pitch.

Today AC Milan took its third win (and also have a draw) since Ibrahimovic arrived.

Ante Rebic – and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – lead thevteam to the victory towards Udinese. The final goal 3-2 in extra time.

Rebic said, “I talked to Zlatan after the training yesterday. He said I would score more goals with him in the team”, says Rebic. Today Reboc scored two goals…

“Zlatan means a lot to us both on the pitch and in the dressing room”, the match hero continues.

Milan is now in eighth place of Serie A, seven points behind four Atalanta and five after Roma.

Zlatan is also the fastest player this year in the Italian Serie A league – at the age of 38.

In his last game his fastest run was of the maximum speed of 32.45 kilometers per hour, which according to the site Calciomercato is the seventh highest in Serie A overall – and fastest of all strikers.

In comparison, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo “only” came up at 31.73 kilometers per hour and Inters goal king Romelu Lukaku was noted for – in this context – a modest 29.36 kilometers per hour.

“Zlatan is the same player he has always been and that I have met him several times. It doesn’t matter if he is 30 or 38 years old”, says Milan’s new acquisition Simon Kjaer in an interview to the club’s website.

Back in the most beautiful capital city in the worlds, Stockholm.

I had a lot of good meetings here today. It is always a pleasure to be back in a ciry I worked in eleven years, some years ago.

Johan Cruyff is one of the best football players the world has ever seen. He was also an outstanding coach. Cruyff desgoned the total foorball concept, first in Ajax and then in Barcelona – including the legendary yputh acedemy, La Masia.

As a coach he also managed one of the best goal scorers ever in FC Barcelona, the brazilian top forward – Romario. This amazing story from footballworlds has been told many times and is said to be true.

I love it. In the museum of world footballnin Sao Paulo there is an entire wall dedicated to Romario. It is a wonderful museum, so if you ever go to Sao Paulo, visit this holy place.

“I don’t care about my team, I don’t care about winning a – I only care about scoring goals”.

One thing I always remember is a quote on the wall from Romario, saying:

“I don’t care about my team, I don’t care about winning a – I only care about scoring goals”.

The words of a sniper. One of the best ever.

They say an army marches on its stomach. The European Union does it with slides.

The EU negotiating team is gearing up for talks with the UK about the post-Brexit relationship by holding a series of seminars for diplomats from the 27 member states.

The presentations are being published online. Stuffed with jargon and seriously lacking in inspirational clipart, they provide important clues about how things might play out.

Remember the Political Declaration? Known in Brussels as “the PD”, it’s the 26-page sketch of the future relationship agreed alongside the 600-page Withdrawal Agreement, which settled the terms of the UK’s departure.

The Political Declaration is often seen as a lesser document because it isn’t legally binding, or as a sweetener to make the divorce terms more palatable.

It’s clear that the EU takes the document as gospel because it’s quoted at length in the slides. At length. Like it’s the law.

EU officials are alert for signs that the UK might be softening on commitments made in the PD.

It’s also a handy tool for keeping EU member states in line. For example, some have asked for other things to be added, to be told it’s now too late.

One of the sessions for diplomats was about the centrepiece of the new relationship with the UK – the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

This presentation was full of the EU’s usual catch-phrases about this stuff: being out can’t be as good as being in, there’s no way to replicate membership of the single market without the free movement of people, etc etc.

In the Theresa May era, this would read like a comprehensive rejection by Brussels of requests made by the UK.

It doesn’t feel that way, now that there’s a new British government which is relaxed about a looser economic relationship and can live with some friction in its trade with the EU.

But the EU thinks the UK still has to be reminded about what it can and can’t get.

And the message on financial services in the slides is unambiguous: “not subject to negotiation.”

That’s because both sides will use existing ways of monitoring each other’s regulations rather than inventing new ones.

Get used to another acronym – the LPF, or Level Playing Field.

This is a series of measures to manage economic competition with the UK, which the EU says is necessary to reduce the risk of it being undercut by British firms that benefit from the new free trade agreement.

And the EU wants the UK to stay in lock-step with European policies on the environment and state aid as they develop.

It’s described in the presentations to diplomats as an “ambition to improve over time”, but in negotiating parlance is called “dynamic alignment”.

This is a massive no-no for the British government and will likely cause a big row.

The EU negotiators think this will all have to be managed and they place great importance on an “overarching governance framework”, part of which would be a joint committee of ministers and officials.

According to the slides, one of its big tasks would be deciding how to apply new EU laws or initiatives that didn’t exist when the deal was negotiated.

Another would be working out what to do when one side or the other diverged from where things started.

At the same time, the EU would develop its own tools to retaliate quickly if the UK did something deemed unacceptable.

This is at the heart of the deal the EU agreed with Switzerland (but which hasn’t been approved yet) and my hunch is it’ll be at the heart of what’s negotiated with the UK.

And finally, who could forget what access the EU will get to UK waters to catch fish, and British access to the EU market to sell it, billed as the biggest flashpoint?

The slides reiterate that a deal on trade is contingent on a deal on fish. What’s not clear is how the two will be linked – either in the negotiation process or in the final agreements.

The EU says it will look at “socio-economic” factors – the real-world effect on fishing communities. That might be surprising if you think this should be a purely technical, environmental matter, but it reflects the importance of the sector in the European psyche.

Another key phrase is “relative stability”. This is code for agreeing the broad outlines of how many fish can be caught over a long period of time, maybe decades. It means there might not be much to decide in annual fishing negotiations between the UK and the EU.

There are more presentations and a lot of details still to come. They might seem dull but today’s slides are tomorrow’s big news stories.

Source: BBC News