The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs and International Trade committees approved the Brexit trade treaty on Thursday.

With 108 votes in favor, four abstentions and one vote against, the treaty was adopted by a large majority.

Now the European Parliament itself still has to agree.

The United Kingdom has already left the EU on January 31, 2020, but there was a transition period until the end of 2020.

What mutual trade would look like after the turn of the year has been laid down in an agreement that was concluded on Christmas Eve 2020.

The UK gave its final approval almost immediately, but Brussels wanted to study the treaty thoroughly first and therefore only came up with a provisional approval, in order to avoid that there was no trade agreement at all after the turn of the year.

So now there is a 'yes' from two important parliamentary committees.

The European Parliament itself has yet to give its final approval.

It is not yet clear when this vote will take place.

According to the agreements made with the British, this must still be done this month.