Brexit: MPs wave through EU Withdrawal Bill in crucial parliament vote

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Politicians in the United Kingdom are expected to vote on the first key piece of Brexit legislation at Westminster later tonight.

When the House gets down to the detailed work on the Bill, called the committee stage, it will need to agree some new method to deal with all of this European Union legislation as it is incorporated into British law.

According to Sky News, he said: "The British people did not vote for confusion and neither should Parliament".

The Government says the bill is essential to put the result of last year's referendum into effect, and Theresa May hailed the passage as a "historic decision".

With Conservative rebels preparing the show their teeth while Labour's fall back into line, next month's votes on the Bill could be much more nerve-wracking for the prime minister.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill aims to convert around 12,000 EU laws and regulations into United Kingdom domestic laws on the day Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans told City A.M the bill cemented the UK's exit from the European Union and would pave the way for "thorough and speedier" trade talks with countries outside the bloc.

Justice Secretary David Lidington said the Government was "willing to consider" extending the time allocated to debate the Bill at committee stage. If it is blocked, the Government could struggle to create legal stability after Brexit.

The Labour amendment stated that "this House respects the EU referendum result and recognises that the United Kingdom will leave the EU" but that the EU (Withdrawal) Bill as drafted by the Government hands "sweeping powers" to ministers allowing them to "bypass parliament".

Overnight, May had claimed a significant Brexit victory after the votes and abstentions of more than a dozen Labour MPs helped her attain a majority of 36.

Several Conservative MPs have said they are unhappy with the bill. By forcing the question of a Second Reading to a whipped and contested vote, they have also given the Government an early opportunity to demonstrate its majority on Brexit.

Those opposing the bill, including Labour, have described it as a "power grab".

The Scottish and Welsh governments have vowed not to grant legislative consent to the bill as it stands and plan to amend it to protect the powers of their devolved administrations.

"I have to make a decision on this, and these decisions aren't easy". So last night those claiming they oppose "Hard Brexit" (whatever that might mean) voted for the most extreme possible severance of our relationship with the European Union - no equal regulations on food, or cars, or flights, or exports, or health and safety.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird said the bill is a "power grab".

Verhofstadt said the prime minister's visit would be more beneficial for Britain if she speaks to the Parliament's 750 members directly, reminding May that any Brexit deal will require Parliament's approval before being finalised.

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