Ministers to vote on May's copycat EU laws
(ShareCast News) - With the support of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, Theresa May and the conservative party were said to be close to pulling off a marginal victory in a Monday night vote that would allow the Prime Minister to transpose European Union law into Britain's.
The bill was set to be debated by lawmakers on Monday with the vote set to carry on into the early hours of Tuesday.
May's main difficulty was said to be her ability to keep her draft in its original form when it enters the committee stage as concerns swirl around the aptly named "Henry VIII" powers that would grant ministers the ability to bypass normal scrutiny from Parliament when amending existing laws.
Both the opposition and several Conservative party members referred to the Henry VIII powers as tantamount to a "power group" which they pledged to contest.
Downing Street warned that attempts to block the legislation could potentially lead to a "chaotic" Brexit, with companies and financial markets set to bear the worst of it.
"Businesses and individuals need reassurance that there will be no unexpected changes to our laws after exit day, and that is exactly what the Repeal Bill provides," said Brexit secretary, David Davis. "Without it, we would be approaching a cliff edge of uncertainty which is not in the interest of anyone."
Labour party spokesman on Brexit, Keir Starmer said the bill was "an affront to Parliament and the principle of taking back control."
Members of both parties said they'd seek changes to the bill after entering the committee stage, with pro-European Tories such as Dominic Grieve, Nicky Morgan and Anna Soubry indicating that they would vote for the bill with later amendments in mind, and pro-Brexit Labour lawmakers Kate Hoey and David Stringer, and former European Minister Caroline Flint saying they'd break ranks to back the bill.
"Labour's job is to improve this bill, not to kill it as it begins its passage through Parliament," said Flint. "It's important that we got on with the job of making sure we can have as smooth an exit from the European Union as possible. Whoever was in government would have to have a bill like this."