Tonight's vote turns spotlight on Labour split

The number of business delegates attending this month¿s party conference is up 50 per cent on last year when Labour appeared to be in crisis under the hard Left leader

The number of business delegates attending this month¿s party conference is up 50 per cent on last year when Labour appeared to be in crisis under the hard Left leader

The bill is aimed at repealing the 1972 Act which took the United Kingdom into the then-European Economic Community and converting all existing EU laws into United Kingdom law.

The government is expected to win the vote, but it is the most serious test yet of Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership after she lost her parliamentary majority at a June 8 election and failed to win a clear mandate for her Brexit strategy.

"As it is, the Withdrawal Bill would see Parliament surrender broad power to Ministers to change laws without proper scrutiny, setting a risky precedent".

Following the vote, Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement calling it "a historic decision to back the will of the British people".

While AMs do not have a veto on the repeal bill, the vote will cause a political row if the Senedd backs the first minister's stance.

The debate was on the second reading of the bill, when lawmakers are asked to vote on the general principle, rather than the details.

Corbyn insisted on Monday that Labour was not anti-Brexit but had major concerns about the bill's process.

Critics of the bill believe ministers have gone too far in giving themselves the power to make changes to laws during the Brexit process without consulting MPs.

And without the debate and votes of parliamentary scrutiny that we are accustomed to in this country.

While the United Kingdom central government explains its position as the need to coordinate with Brussels, the laws that will be incorporated into the British legal system, the second argument basically says that in "putting the European Union regulations into British law, the United Kingdom government is taking too much power onto itself", the analyst said. A United Kingdom government official said there is still a discussion underway over the next round of talks and noted that the dates published at the start of the process were always only indicative and subject to change.

Earlier on the same programme, Colin Clark, Conservative MP for Gordon, said the bill was not undermining devolution.

"The challenge now is to improve it and turn it into something we could support".

Mrs May's official spokesman said: "We will look at all the amendments and consider them in the usual way".

However, Keir Starmer, Labour shadow Brexit secretary said the bill was "an affront to parliamentary democracy and a naked power grab by government ministers".

It also wants to secure protections on human rights and environmental standards.

Colleague Chris Bryant said the bill contained "clauses that [Turkish leader Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, [Venezuelan leader Nicolas] Maduro or [Russian President Vladimir] Putin would be proud of".

However, the bill was passed by 326 votes to 290 - with seven Labour MPs voting with the Government after more than 13 hours of debate.

Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson said defeat would result in a "disorderly" departure from the bloc in March 2019, while Brexit Secretary Mr Davis warned: "A vote against this bill is a vote for a chaotic exit from the European Union".

"This is a power grab by the Government at the expense of our democratically elected Parliament".

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