Theresa May wins major Brexit vote in Parliament

Theresa May wins major Brexit vote in Parliament

Theresa May wins major Brexit vote in Parliament

Criticism of the Bill has focused on the use of Henry VIII clauses to allow ministers to amend laws, with one Labour MP describing parts of it as "clauses Erdogan, Maduro and Putin would be proud of".

The legislation repeals the 1972 Bill which brought Britain into the European Economic Community and translates all EU rules into British laws.

But lawmakers voted by 318 to 301 to support the so-called program motion, which sets out the timetable for the remaining stages of the bill's progress through parliament's lower House of Commons.

It came just hours after the Commons passed the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, a crucial piece of legislation that severs ties with the bloc by ending the supremacy of EU law in Britain.

Members of Parliament passed the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - which will transfer EU law into United Kingdom legislation when Britain exits the bloc - by 326 votes to 290.

May's Conservative government secured parliamentary approval for the bill thanks to its alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Rebels in both parties warned, however, that they would back amendments created to ensure that the Bill will not be a power grab by government.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said the bill was a "naked power grab" by the government, adding that "this is a deeply disappointing result".

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It is controversial because it hands sweeping powers to ministers to change legislation as they see fit, without full scrutiny in Parliament.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said MPs who backed the bill should feel "ashamed".

Slow progress in Brexit talks, however, has stirred fears of a messy breakup that could leave British businesses with little legal clarity on emissions.

Britain will offer the European Union a "deep security partnership" against terrorism, cyber crime and illegal immigration, it will say.

Johnson said Juncker "has said that he regards Brexit as a moment for the renaissance - or he's about to say this, according to the papers - as a moment for the renaissance of the European Union".

It is the sixth position paper by the UK government in its talks with Brussels and hopes to push the EU towards opening negotiations on the future of UK-EU relations post- Brexit.

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