The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill report stage, a further opportunity to examine the bill and make changes, continues as members discuss more issues for the Commons to consider on Monday 30 April.
Members discussed a change to give Parliament a ‘meaningful’ vote on the outcome of negotiations with the EU (amendment 49).
Those in favour argued Parliament should be able to decide against a ‘poor deal’ or ‘crashing out’ of the EU with no deal as either would be a ‘disaster’ for the UK and this change would guard against it.
Members also said the change would give Parliament, not ministers, the final say and if the Commons disagreed with it they could reject it.
Members against the change said Parliament should not be able to veto Brexit and that it may provoke a constitutional crisis. The government argued the change contained practical and legal difficulties that would hinder it from getting the best deal possible.
The change went to a vote. Members voted 335 for and 244 against, so the change was made.
Members also voted on a change to give Parliament the power to provide for a referendum on the deal (amendment 50). Members voted 202 for and 260 against, so the change was not made.
Debate turned to the UK’s future relationship with the EU as peers discussed a change giving Parliament a say on future negotiations (amendment 51). The change went to a vote. Members voted 271 for and 233 against, so the change was made.
The House also voted in favour of a change requiring the government to reunite unaccompanied child refugees with relatives in the UK, 205 for and 181 against (amendment 59).
Remaining report stage days are scheduled for 2 and 8 May. Third reading, the chance to ‘tidy up’ the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 16 May.
Once Lords stages are complete all changes go to the Commons for consideration.
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