Withdrawal Agreement Bill Approved


It has just completed its adoption by Parliament and the UK`s withdrawal from the EU is due to be approved by the European Parliament next week. The House of Commons supported an earlier bill at second reading in October; but rejected the Prime Minister`s plan to bring him down by Parliament within days, prompting him to push for parliamentary elections. Prior to that, MPs had overwhelmingly rejected their peers` five amendments to the bill, including on refugee children. The Brexit law will probably have the approval of the king in a day or two. After passing its second reading by a sovereign 358 votes to 234, the withdrawal agreement is on track to complete its adoption by both houses of Parliament in time for Brexit to take place at the end of January. After winning a Conservative majority in the elections, the law was revised and reintroduced on 19 December, after being passed at second reading the following day. The revision of the law in December repealed the provisions adopted in previous versions of parliamentary control of the Brexit negotiations. [10] The House of Lords, which must approve all legislation, tends to pay particular attention to the rights and business aspects of the courts, the judiciary and political institutions in the United Kingdom. With different support, the House of Lords on Monday and Tuesday passed five amendments that would give EU citizens the right to remain in the UK without having to ask for that right and give them documentary proof of the law; a second that deprives ministers of the power to decide which decisions of the European Court of Justice could be flouted or overturned; a third, which annulled the independence of the British courts with regard to EU jurisprudence; a fourth, proposed by Lord Alfred Dubs, who arrived from Czechoslovakia in 1939 as a child, fleeing persecution of Jews after the seizure of power in Germany, which would reunite refugee children with their families; and a fifth, which took note of the Sewel Convention, under which Parliament should not legislate on decentralised issues without the agreement of the decentralised institutions. Nandy voted against the law Friday, along with others who hoped hopefuls Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer, Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry.

A fifth amendment called for the bill to be amended to take note of the Sewel Convention, which stipulates that Parliament should not legislate on de decentralised issues without the agreement of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland. South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, one of six Labour MPs who wanted to vote in favour of the bill, said it was time to end “opposition to the opposition.” If the next steps at Westminster go ahead as planned, the European Parliament is expected to ratify the withdrawal agreement on 29 January, paving the way for the UK to leave the bloc two days later. Under the bill, the UK will leave the EU on 31 January, when a transition period will begin on 31 December 2020. Johnson won a majority in the House of Commons in December and paved the way for the bill to become law before the end of January. As part of the English votes for English laws procedure, the spokesperson certifies bills or bills provisions that concern only England and/or England and Wales.

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