Brexit: EU Withdrawal Bill clears House of Commons to pass to peers

Gladys Abbott
January 21, 2018

The normative act passed in the lower house of the British Parliament with 324 votes in favor at 295 against.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexit campaigner, warned that the House of Lords could face fundamental reform if it hampered Brexit.

But political commentators said the bill's passing in the Commons was a major milestone in the Brexit journey.

The Conservative Party has urged its MP's to show unity in today's key vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill, which gets its third reading in the House of Commons before heading to the Lords.

During Wednesday's debate, Theresa May was handed a warning over Brexit by former Cabinet minister Justine Greening, who quit the Government in this month's reshuffle.

But the unelected upper House of Lords may insist on further changes when the bill moves there for scrutiny later this month, while ministers still face anger from the devolved Scottish and Welsh administrations.

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"They have simply, robotically voted down all opposition amendments".

After her government again rejected yesterday evening proposed changes to the bill, Michael Russell, minister for United Kingdom negotiations on Scotland's place in Europe, vowed to press ahead with legislation at Holyrood "if that's what it takes to defend devolution".

Now, however, Theresa May faces a more hard task.

Britain and the European Union reached a preliminary agreement before Christmas on Britain's financial settlement after Brexit, EU expatriate rights and the future of the Irish border, opening the door to the second phase of talks.

Dozens of Labour MPs last night rebelled against party leader Jeremy Corbyn over the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union.

European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday said the EU's "hearts were still open" if Britain chose to change its mind about leaving the bloc.

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