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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Britain's Brexit bill now only needs royal assent after lawmakers in the U.K.'s parliament ratified the legislation on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The ratification of the bill effectively ensures the U.K. will leave the European Union on Jan. 31.


At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we've done it."
— Boris Johnson statement


The big picture: Johnson's withdrawal agreement negotiated with the EU was rejected by the House of Lords, the upper chamber of parliament, on Monday.

  • The Lords sent the legislation back to the House of Commons with five amendments— on protections for child refugees, "EU citizens' rights, the power of UK courts to diverge from EU law and the independence of the judiciary after Brexit," the BBC reports.
  • The Lords amendments were all defeated by members of parliament Wednesday owing to the huge majority Johnson's Conservative Party secured in the September general election, the BBC notes.

What's next: In the next few days, Queen Elizabeth II is expected to sign the royal assent and the presidents of the European Council and European Commission are expected to sign the document, per the BBC.

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Scoop: Border officials project 13,000 child migrants in May

The "El Chaparral" border crossing at Tijuana. Photo: Stringer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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U.S. strikes Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

President Biden at the Pentagon on Feb. 10. Photo: Alex Brandon - Pool/Getty Images

The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

Senate parliamentarian rules $15 minimum wage cannot be included in relief package

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: It's now very likely that any increase in the minimum wage will need bipartisan support, as the provision cannot be passed with the simple Senate majority that Democrats are aiming to use for President Biden's rescue bill.