Economy

First Brexit hurdle is cleared

First Brexit hurdle is cleared”

On Monday MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290.

MPs voted to give the people a referendum, the country voted for Brexit, Parliament ratified the result when it triggered Article 50 and now the process is underway to incorporate European rules and regulations into United Kingdom law after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill passed its first major Commons obstacle. "Without it, we would be approaching a cliff edge of uncertainty which is not in the interest of anyone".

"The challenge now is for MPs across the chamber to unite behind a common objective in ensuring that this United Kingdom government is prevented from railroading further Brexit legislation through that risks the very foundations of devolution", the SNP's worldwide affairs spokesman, Stephen Gethins, said.

She said: "If the Government has a working majority to pass legislation on the floor of the House, then the Government should also be able to make progress with legislation in committees".

Before the vote, David Davis, the UK's secretary of state for exiting the European Union, emphasized that the bill offers businesses and individuals "reassurance that there will be no unexpected changes to our laws after exit day" while avoiding "a cliff edge of uncertainty".

Labour party spokesman on Brexit, Keir Starmer said the bill was "an affront to Parliament and the principle of taking back control".

They told the Daily Mail that Labour's "position hasn't changed", adding: "We won't be "members" of the Single Market after the transition".

Parliament voted 326 to 290 to back the government plan to ensure a smooth legal transition when Britain leaves the European Union and its regulatory frameworks in March 2019. Critics' concerns centre on ministers giving themselves the power to make changes to laws during this process without consulting MPs.

It'll now face days of line-by-line scrutiny while both Conservative and Labor lawmakers attempt change it.

Britain has bigger defence and development budgets than any other European Union member state and its diplomatic and intelligence services are among the most extensive in Europe.

To vote down the bill, Labour would need to convince EU supporters in the Conservatives to side with them, but some more vocal pro-EU Conservative lawmakers have said they will vote with the government.

A major Brexit bill just passed its first big test - but not without criticism.



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