Brexit Law Passes Hurdle In Reprieve For British - May

Gladys Abbott
September 13, 2017

It will repeal the 1972 act taking Britain into the European Economic Community and convert EU law into United Kingdom law.

"European Union sanctions encompass a range of measures such as travel bans, asset freezes, trade restrictions and broader economic measures, and have been employed in relation to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the conflict in Syria, and by putting pressure on Iran to come to the negotiating table", the document read.

It was expected to be a nerve-wracking night for Prime Minister Theresa May who's opponents have slammed the bill as power grab by the Conservative government, but in the end, many fell in step with May, spurred by fears of a chaotic Brexit if the they voted no because Britain would lack laws to steer the process. "Without it, we would be approaching a cliff edge of uncertainty which is not in the interest of anyone".

Britain and the European Commission have "jointly agreed" to postpone the next round of Brexit negotiations by a week, the UK's Department for Exiting the European Union has said. That left May without a majority, which is why she prepared this motion.

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

His party had largely made a decision to vote against the bill but seven of Labour's MPs defied party leader Jeremy Corbyn to back the government on the bill, saying it supports the will of the British people who voted for Brexit in the June 2016 referendum.

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But some of its lawmakers said they had to pass the bill at this vote to meet their voters' demands.

"We have been reassured they are not going to use these powers in any policy-making way. parliament would be sensible to get them to write it so they are not giving themselves the possibility of using powers that no government has ever tried to take at the expense of parliament before", he said.

The government claims it needs the power to be able to make minor technical changes to ensure a smooth 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.

A major Brexit bill just passed its first big test - but not without criticism.

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