Brexit moves a step closer after MPs back the EU Withdrawal Bill

11 Sep , 2017 Business

Theresa May

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill passes its second reading in the House of Commons by 326 votes to 290
Opponents warn the bill amounts to an “unprecedented power grab” if passed in its current form.
Tory MPs call on the government to amend legislation to limit ministerial powers.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suffers substantial rebellion among MPs in Leave-voting areas.

LONDON — Theresa May has cleared her first major parliamentary hurdle in the Brexit process, after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons.

The bill, which is designed to transfer all existing European law into British law, was voted through by 326 to 290.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had ordered his party to vote against the bill, which he says amounts to an “unprecedented power grab” by ministers.

However, the Labour leader suffered a rebellion by a number of Labour MPs representing areas which voted to Leave the EU.

“I’m on the side of the majority of people who voted to leave,” Labour MP Frank Field told MPs explaining his decision to defy the Labour whip, while Labour MP Caroline Flint said the vote was a question of “respecting the outcome of the referendum”.

“I have never broken the whip at all but I …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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