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Labour set to oppose Tories' "power grabbing" Brexit bill

Labour set to oppose Tories'

At least half a dozen Tory MPs are said to be considering joining Labour, the SNP and Liberal Democrats in opposing the government's timetable of the EU Withdrawal Bill.

The statement went on to say: "Nobody voted in last year's referendum to give this Conservative Government sweeping powers to change laws by the back door". But his U-turn on the Single Market and his decision to fight the withdrawal bill suggest Parliamentary Labour Party's Europhile majority is back in control.

"This power-grab Bill would do the opposite".

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers on Saturday to back an European Union repeal bill due to be fully debated for the first time next week, as she faces possible opposition from some of her pro-European deputies.

Labour has repeatedly said it would not support the Great Repeal Bill without significant changes to its contents, and the government has not yet made any concessions.

Labour's position on Brexit has shifted in recent weeks, with shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer adopting a longer transition model, in which Britain would stay within the single market for a longer period - perhaps indefinitely should a compromise on free movement be struck - so as to lessen the economic shock.

The government's refusal to bring the European Union charter of fundamental rights into domestic law is also a point of contention.

The statement was not categorical but was taken to mean Labour would vote against the bill and it is believed that a three line whip could be used.

Mrs May is already facing a potential rebellion from Remain-supporting MPs within her own party, who might be tempted to back Labour's attempt to amend the bill.

Labour will seek to amend the Repeal Bill to allow for the United Kingdom to remain in the single market after Brexit, when the legislation is put before the commons next week.

A United Kingdom official told the Financial Times September 21 was "definitely wrong" with no final date yet chosen for the speech.



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