UK lawmakers back government's proposed timetable for debate of EU withdrawal bill

Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Parliament

Speaking to Sky News, shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said: "Labour will not block Brexit".

However, about a dozen Labour MPs from Leave-backing constituencies could rebel against Jeremy Corbyn's orders.

Parliament is due to hold a second day of debate on the European Union withdrawal bill on Monday, before a late-night vote on whether to allow the legislation to continue to the next stage of the process, when more detailed scrutiny will take place.

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.

Conservative MPs warned Prime Minister Theresa May that support for her latest Brexit legislation was by no means unconditional, demanding extensive changes to the bill on withdrawal from the European Union just minutes after backing it in Parliament.

In the first round of voting, Labour attempted to win their amendment that would have wrecked the Brexit Bill.

This last vote in particular could be a tight one, as MPs from all sides have expressed deep concern over the limited time available to debate such a landmark piece of legislation. I did so because the majority of my constituents voted in the referendum to leave the EU. He said: 'This is a deeply disappointing result.

Labour former minister Caroline Flint accused opponents of the repeal Bill of trying to "thwart the result of the European Union referendum and prevent or delay the United Kingdom leaving the EU" and defied the three-line whip to abstain.

"It will make the Brexit process more uncertain, and lead to division and chaos when we need unity and clarity".

Seven Labour MPs backed, giving the Bill a second reading.

Though the Withdrawal Bill passed its second reading Tuesday, it's nowhere near law, yet. Members of Labor, the main opposition party, were ordered by their leader to vote against the bill. The bill is likely to return to parliament for further scrutiny by MPs after party conferences in October.

Former Chancellor Ken Clarke called for "substantial amendments" to the bill while former Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve said it would strip citizens of their rights to challenge the government.

Elaborating on the so-called "Henry VIII" powers contained in the legislation, Chapman said "this bill gives a minister the power to change any act of Parliament any way they think it needs to be without coming to the House of Commons". Since its hands have drawing powers to ministers for changing legislation as they see right, without any total scrutiny in the Parliament, it holds controversies.

However, others were more positive about the bill.



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