Withdrawal Agreement Bill Second Reading

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He told lawmakers that the bill “will not protect or strengthen our rights or support our manufacturing industry or vital trade relationships. […] I consider the government`s removal of protection in this bill for unaccompanied refugee claimants to be an absolute disgrace. On 13 November 2017, Brexit Secretary David Davis announced his intention to draft a new bill to enshrine the Withdrawal Agreement, if any, in national law through primary law. In another interrogation in the House of Commons, Davis clarified that if MPs decided not to pass the bill, the UK would remain on track to leave the EU on March 29, 2019 without a deal, following the invocation of Article 50 in March 2017, following the passage of the European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Act 2017. [7] After winning a Conservative majority in the election, the law was revised and reintroduced on December 19, with a second reading the following day. With the revision of the law in December, the provisions made in previous versions for parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit negotiations have been removed. [10] South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, who was one of six Labour MPs who voted in favour of the bill, said it was time to end “the opposition for the sake of the opposition.” The European Commission will present its draft comprehensive negotiating mandate to the Council very soon after the UK`s withdrawal, meaning that the EU and the UK will have less than eleven months at most to conclude negotiations that would normally take several years under the EU-brokered agreements with Canada and Japan. It took Canada and the EU more than five years to negotiate their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and nearly five years for Japan and the EU to negotiate their Economic Partnership Agreement – and as complicated as they have been, they are far less complicated than the partnership outlined in the Political Declaration. The ban on extending the transition period means that the UK and the EU are very unlikely to achieve the “ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership between trade and economic cooperation” envisaged in the Political Declaration and are only likely to achieve a free trade agreement limited at best – limited to trade in goods, but not services. despite the fact that services accounted for 80% of the UK economy and 40% of its exports to the EU.


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