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Parliament Joins the Battle Over Brexit

Nov 16, 2017 | 00:29 GMT
The EU Withdrawal Bill, which will repeal the European Communities Act of 1973 and transfer EU rules and norms into British law, has entered the committee stage in the lower House of Commons. The bill has a simple goal: Ensure legal continuity after Britain leaves the bloc. But lawmakers in both the governing Conservative party and the opposition Labour party are criticizing this crucial step of the Brexit process.

On Nov. 14, the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will repeal the European Communities Act of 1973 and transfer EU rules and norms into British law, entered the committee stage in the lower House of Commons. The lower house will debate and vote on hundreds of amendment proposals until late December, when the bill will be sent to the upper House of Lords for discussion and approval in early 2018. The bill has a simple goal: Ensure legal continuity after Britain leaves the bloc. But lawmakers in both the governing Conservative party and the opposition Labour party are criticizing this crucial step of the Brexit process.

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The House of Commons debate over the EU Withdrawal Bill will clarify several aspects of the Brexit process. But the political fight between Britain's government, lawmakers and political parties has only just begun....

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