Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

May's Brexit law passes hurdle but rebels demand re-writes

May's Brexit law passes hurdle but rebels demand re-writes

It was the second crucial parliamentary victory for the government in two days after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which will bring EU law onto the United Kingdom statute books post-Brexit, passed with a majority of 36 in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The statement came on the same day Mr. Corbyn imposed a three-line whip on his MPs, instructing them to vote down the EU Withdrawal Bill, which could have effectively blocked or delayed the UK's withdrawal from the bloc.

London is convinced that global sanctions have proved to be an effective tool for imposing worldwide pressure on states that act counter to worldwide law, the UK government said in its future partnership paper, stipulating the strategy of UK-EU relations in the post-Brexit era.

The bill is aimed at overturning the 1972 European Communities Act, which took the United Kingdom into the then European Economic Community (EEC).

Jean-Claude Juncker's new strategy for the European Union has found a rather unlikely ally - Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect the stage this bill is at in the Parliamentary process.

The government has promised concerned lawmakers that ministers would not use the wide-ranging powers to make "substantive changes" to law and some have said they will seek changes to the bill at later stages.

They told the Daily Mail that Labour's "position hasn't changed", adding: "We won't be "members" of the Single Market after the transition".

Having cleared the second reading stage, the bill will now face more attempts to change it with MPs, including several senior Conservative backbenchers, publishing a proposed 157 amendments, covering 59 pages, the report said.

Parliament voted 326 to 290 to back the government plan to ensure a smooth legal transition when Britain leaves the European Union and its regulatory frameworks in March 2019.

"Whether that is formal membership, which is only possible, I believe, if you are actually a member of the European Union, or whether it is an agreed trading relationship, is open for discussion".

Labour's Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds said: "Labour tried to amend the government's EU Withdrawal Bill to allow much more scrutiny and debate about its proposals, but this amendment did not pass".

The process is expected to take months to complete and both houses should agree the final wording before it can be passed.

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