British MPs pass European Union withdrawal bill

British MPs pass European Union withdrawal bill

Mr Baker, concluding a debate over possible amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, said: "Both Houses will have meaningful votes on whether to accept the agreement and it is my expectation that we would not ratify before that primary legislation has gone through".

An amendment tabled by the SNP, which declined to give the Bill a third reading given concerns over devolution, was defeated by 322 votes to 295, majority 27.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

"If the Lords in their wisdom - and a lot of them are very pro-European - decide to try and frustrate, then the Lords will, as an institution, get into difficulties", Rees-Mogg said.

The bill now heads to the House of Lords where it will undergo even more scrutiny, and challenges from pro-EU unelected peers.

May has ruled out a second vote and says Britain will be leaving.

However, opponents have warned that it risks passing unprecedented powers to the government to rewrite Britain's entire legal and regulatory framework without proper scrutiny.

"Take back control did not mean giving the extreme Brexiteers in Theresa May's government the power to rip up workers' rights behind closed doors", shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer wrote in The Mirror.

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The SNP has accused Scottish Conservative MPs of acting as "lobby fodder" for the United Kingdom government over its Brexit bill.

He added: "We have heard time and time again from Scottish Tory MPs they are standing up for Scotland".

He said it was a complex piece of legislation that MPs had spent more than 80 hours discussing, including more than 500 amendments and new clauses.

And serial Tory rebel Anna Soubry told ministers the Government had "made a mistake" in ruling out membership of the single market.

The 48 Labour MPs - about one in five of the Parliamentary Labour Party - voted against the party whip despite being urged to abstain in advice from the leadership.

In their sights will be powers created to allow ministers to rewrite the UK's entire legal framework after Brexit with little scrutiny from parliament.

So while May avoided defeat tonight, the biggest battle for this bill could still lie ahead.

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