May government wins vote on Brexit repeal bill

The prospect of Brexit has taken another step forward with British MPs passing the May government’s flagship EU Withdrawal Bill.

The legislation transposing EU law on the UK’s domestic books was passed by 36 votes in the early hours of Tuesday morning with seven Labour MPs backing the government.

It came after a spirited debate where many MPs, including conservatives, raised feelings about the bill’s shortcomings.

The debate saw more than 100 MPs getting up to have their say.

The big concern about the bill is the way it gives the government the power to make changes to laws during this process without consulting MPs. The government claims it needs to be able to make technical changes to ensure there is a smooth transition.

The bill overturns the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the then European Economic Community.

The contentious legislation will now face its greater challenge with it being put through line by line scrutiny in its committee stage.



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