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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 British Parliament has begun answering important questions about the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. 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. It 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. Over time, British authorities will have the chance to decide what to keep, what to amend, and what to scrap. But lawmakers in both the governing Conservative party and the opposition Labour party are criticizing this crucial step of the Brexit process. The government won several votes on proposed amendments during the...

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