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The House of Lords agrees to the Commons European Union (Withdrawal) Bill amendment on Wednesday 20 June. Both Houses agree the final content of the bill and it goes for royal assent.
Members discussed a change (amendment F3) requiring the government to make a statement before 21 January 2019 setting out how it will proceed and to make arrangements for the Commons to approve the statement by way of a motion, giving Parliament, in particular the Commons, a meaningful vote. Those in favour argued that the compromise put forward by government failed to deliver the promise of a meaningful vote as it only offers a statement and 'take note' motion in the event of a no deal. They argued that it is in the national interest that, in the absence of a deal, Parliament should not risk coming out of EU with just a take note motion. The government argued that its amendment satisfies many of the objectives in amendment F3 and said F3 was constitutionally and practically untenable. The change went to a vote. Members voted 354 for and 235 against, so the change was made.
The bill aims to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and incorporate EU law into UK law on the day the UK leaves the EU. It also aims to create temporary powers to make secondary legislation once the UK has left. It also aims to incorporate any withdrawal agreement into UK law.
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