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British MPs pass European Union withdrawal bill

20 January, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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The key Brexit legislation will now pass to the House of Lords, where peers are expected to try and add amendments.

This comes after a tumultuous journey in the House of Commons, which several times placed strain upon the Government, before the bill has even been considered by the House of Lords.

The Brexit secretary, David Davis, said: "We are pleased that the bill has successfully completed this stage of its passage through parliament".

Announcing Labour's opposition to the bill at third reading, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer branded it "not fit for purpose" as he repeated demands for MPs to have a meaningful vote on any divorce deal with the EU.

While the party's frontbench abstained on the amendment, 48 Labour MPs voted for the proposals tabled by the SNP.

Brexit Secretary David Davis hailed the vote as a "historic milestone" and said he hoped peers will debate the bill, which will transfer European Union law into British statute on the day the United Kingdom leaves the bloc, "in the same constructive way" as the Commons.

"The bottom line is that looking ahead if Brexit doesn't work for young people in our country, in the end it will not be sustainable". The outcome of the vote was victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over her political opponents who want a Soft Brexit.

A cross-party amendment supported by the SNP and Liberal Democrats that would have tied the Withdrawal Bill to keeping the United Kingdom in the European single market fell after Labour ordered its MPs to abstain.

The rebels decided not to inflict a second defeat on the prime minister by opposing any more aspects of the legislation, but several said they hoped the House of Lords would scrutinise the decision not to adopt the European Union charter of fundamental rights into United Kingdom law.

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