European Union withdrawal bill to face House of Lords after MPs approve it

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As well as repealing the 1972 European Communities Act, which brought Britain into the EU, the EU Withdrawal Bill is also created to transfer all existing Brussels laws into United Kingdom legislation.

"We'll have a statue book that works, delivering a smooth and orderly exit desired by people, businesses across the United Kingdom and being delivered by this government".

But political commentators said the bill's passing in the Commons was a major milestone in the Brexit journey.

Prime Minister Theresa May faced a setback last month when 11 of her own Conservative MPs voted with the main opposition Labour Party for an amendment to have a meaningful vote on the terms of Brexit.

MPs approved the key European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by 324 votes to 295 - majority 29 - at third reading, with the government also seeing off a series of proposed amendments during a marathon two-hour voting period.

The Tories have warned that opposing the Bill would bring chaos, but pro-EU Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke said during a debate in Parliament yesterday, that he hoped and believed the Lords would make "enormous" changes.

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The Scottish and Welsh governments have also warned against what they describe as a "power grab" in the bill, which would see some powers in devolved areas of policymaking now held in Brussels, taken back to London. The bill has cleared its final hurdle in the Commons and will now head to the Lords.

During the first of two days of Commons debate yesterday, Conservative MP and leader of the rebellion, Dominic Grieve, raised concerns over plans not to bring the European Union charter of fundamental rights into British law post-Brexit.

It should allow Britain to continue to function normally as it leaves the EU.

Amendment 59, which was supported by Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru and Green MPs, sought confirmation of continued membership of the single market and customs union before ministers could implement any withdrawal agreement.

The comments by EU President Donald Tusk, European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and others weighed into a debate in Britain about holding a second Brexit referendum. "If the British wish to find another way than Brexit, we are then ready to talk about it".

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