Withdrawal Agreement Bill Is Passed



Lord Callanan (Conservative), Minister for Exiting the European Union, opened the debate on the bill and reacted on behalf of the government. After both chambers approved the legislation, he obtained royal approval on January 23. Royal Assent is the approval of the monarch to include the bill in an Act of Parliament (Law). The bill includes “divorce payments” to the EU, citizens` rights, customs rules for Northern Ireland and the proposed 11-month transitional period from 1 February to 31 December. South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, one of six Labour MPs who wanted to vote in favour of the bill, said it was time to end “opposition to the opposition.” The UK has said this can be done by the end of 2020 and the bill also excludes the extension of the transition period, even though no free trade agreement has been reached with the EU. She suggested that the government was “ready” to reject constructive negotiations with the EU if it could “not register in the arbitrarily short time” provided for by the bill. This bill aims to implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU. Ministers say they support the Dubs amendment principle, but the Brexit act is not the right way to do so. After winning a Conservative majority in the elections, the law was revised and reintroduced on 19 December, after being passed at second reading the following day. The revision of the law in December repealed the provisions adopted in previous versions of parliamentary control of the Brexit negotiations.

[10] The Brexit Act is likely to be approved by the royal in a day or two. Boris Johnson`s Brexit Law is just one step away from the law after it has completed its passage through Parliament. The bill described by The Independent as a government “incision” on Conservative rebels would have allowed MPs to review and amend each “line-by-line” agreement. [8] Conservative MP Steve Baker wrote to The Times stating that the new bill “gives any agreement that we have a good reputation with the EU in British law” and that it is compatible with the referendum result of “giving more control over how we are governed by the British Parliament.” [9] The bill is now moving on to the second phase of the parliamentary process – the so-called committee phase. It will be the subject of a thorough analysis over the next three days, with MEPs proposing amendments. The House of Commons supported an earlier bill at second reading in October; but rejected the Prime Minister`s plan to bring him down by Parliament within days, prompting him to push for parliamentary elections. If the next steps at Westminster go ahead as planned, the European Parliament is expected to ratify the withdrawal agreement on 29 January, paving the way for the UK to leave the bloc two days later. On January 21, 2020, the House of Lords passed the law after passing five amendments.

However, these amendments were overturned by the House of Commons the next day. [12] [13] Members discussed the progress of the bill in its conclusion of the Lords phases. Members who also rejected amendments to the House of Lords were not passed. Brexit minister Steve Barclay said the bill would fulfill his party`s “overwhelming mandate” to withdraw Britain from the EU on 31 January.