Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Brexit: 157 amendments tabled on Government's EU (Withdrawal) Bill

Tories and Labour have tabled scores of amendments to the Brexit bill just hours after it was passed, signalling that the battle on the crucial legislation has only just begun.
Some 157 amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, covering 59 pages, have been published, including many from senior Conservative europhiles.

After more than 13 hours of debate, the Commons voted 326 to 290 in the early hours of Tuesday in favour of moving the legislation to the committee stage.

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".

But many MPs have expressed doubts - particularly over the so-called Henry VIII powers that allow ministers to change legislation without full parliamentary scrutiny.

BBC     News.