Brexit bill battle goes on as MPs seek 157 changes

David Davis said the UK will continue to face shared threats to security and way of life

David Davis said the UK will continue to face shared threats to security and way of life

The EU Withdrawl Bill will bring to an end the 1972 Act which saw the United Kingdom become a member of the European Economic Community or EEC.

The bill converts all European Union law into United Kingdom law while also ending the supremacy of European Union legislation, but there are fears that the bill, if approved, will allow ministers to amend laws without scrutiny from Parliament.

Those tabled by Labour include plans to strip out the bulk of the Henry VIII powers, including deleting a clause which lets ministers amend any legislation affected by Brexit by decree.

Brexit will descend into chaos if lawmakers don't approve a bill created to lay the legislative framework for the country's EU exit, Britain's minister for leaving the European Union has said.

Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Ken Clarke told Sky News he expected the government to have to change the wording of the bill in order to win over parliament.

"Our position is about this being a very bad bill - it's bad for our democracy, it doesn't enable Parliament to take back control the way that people want, and crucially it gives ministers these powers that they just don't need for Brexit".

He added: "The SNP government at Holyrood should embrace this and get on board with this rather than trying to do everything it can to wreck it, because it's a busted flush that it's actually about the European Withdrawal Bill".

He said: "She and I both voted to implement Article 50 and that means respecting the result of the referendum".

The government says it needs to be able to make minor technical changes to ensure a smooth transition, but fears were raised that ministers were getting sweeping powers to avoid parliamentary scrutiny.

Opponents worry the Conservative government could use such powers to water down environmental standards, employment regulations or human rights protections.

Hilary Benn, the Labour MP who chairs the Brexit select committee, said "the Government was left in no doubt by the two days of debate that it's going to have to change this bill".

The First Minister has lodged a "Legislative Consent Memorandum" at Holyrood, setting out why the Scottish Government believes the Scottish Parliament should withhold its consent for the Bill.

The statement came on the same day Mr. Corbyn imposed a three-line whip on his MPs, instructing them to vote down the EU Withdrawal Bill, which could have effectively blocked or delayed the UK's withdrawal from the bloc.

Although there is more to do, this decision means we can move on with negotiations with solid foundations and we continue to encourage MPs from all parts of the United Kingdom to work together in support of this vital piece of legislation'.

The bill will now receive line-by-line scrutiny in its committee stage.

It now moves on to its next parliamentary stage where opposition MPs are expected to take a strong stance against it.

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