Not with a bang but a whimper- the EU Withdrawal Bill has completed its bumpy ride through Parliament

The EU Withdrawal Bill is now just about to become law, after debates in the Lords on Monday and the Commons on Wednesday. The Bill has been improved in many respects on its way through Parliament – the scope for Henry VIII powers has been reduced, the devolution power grab is less severe, there are some safeguards for environmental protection, and various legal points have been clarified. None of these changes goes as far as we wanted and there is still a lot wrong with the Bill.

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Malene Bratlie
Tensions heighten as MPs threaten to take back control

Tensions have certainly been running high this week with return of  the EU Withdrawal Bill returned to the Commons. And yet when confronted with possibly one of the most important pieces of legislation in 40 years Parliament allocated hardly any time for meaningful debate and scrutiny of the Lords amendments. Crucial issues around devolution and the Irish border amendment were given just 15 minutes of debate.

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Malene Bratlie
Leadsom: Withdrawal Bill to return to the Commons in “weeks not months”

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom made her usual business statement today. News had been swirling last night that the EU Withdrawal Bill was going to be brought back to the House of Commons for ping pong in the next fortnight and that MPs had been ordered to cancel all leave. This was a surprising turnaround, as previous rumours had been that the bill may have been put on hold while the government got its house in order. 

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Malene Bratlie
Another week of defeats for the Government in the House of Lords

This has been another week of defeats for the Government in the House of Lords- making it 10 in total. There are still opportunities to inflict further defeats on the Government on Tuesday 8th May (final day of Report) when amendments 95 and 99 that remove the time and date of exit day plus amendments on scrutiny and delegated legislation will be debated.

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Malene Bratlie
Lords defeat the Government on fundamental rights & enhanced scrutiny

Yesterday saw the first Government defeat in the Lords as peers accepted a cross-party amendment to restrict ministers from weakening fundamental protections like employment, equality rights and environmental standards. We urged peers to support this amendment in our briefing ahead of Report, and alliance members have played a crucial role in advocating for rights, protections and parliamentary scrutiny. Well done to peers from all parties, who refused to accept the Government handing itself unlimited powers that threaten our rights and standards

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Malene Bratlie
What next for the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

Now that more than 64 hours of the Committee stage for the WithdrawalBill is over, the Repeal Bill Alliance looks at what’s ahead for the bill in 2018. During Committee stage, we have been keeping a close eye on the concessions made by the Government, clickhere for an overview. 

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Malene Bratlie