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UK begins debate on key Brexit bill

Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 01:50

Britain's parliament begins debating the legislation that will sever the country's political, financial and legal ties to the European Union, a step towards Brexit the opposition says it will challenge. Pascale Davies reports.

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Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit battle returns to the British parliament. She's calling on the House of Commons to support legislation to sever political, financial and legal ties with the European Union. On Thursday (September 7), the main principles of the so-called repeal bill will be debated. Formally known as the EU withdrawal bill, it's central to the government's plan to exit the bloc in 2019. It will untangle Britain from more than 40 years of EU lawmaking and repeal the treaty that first made Britain a member in 1972. May needs all the support she can get following criticism from Brussels over her Brexit strategy and after a series of leaks, including details of proposals to halt nearly all immigration from the EU. It'll also be a test for the UK Prime Minister's relationship with a small Northern Irish Party. May's Conservatives lost their majority in the House of Commons in a snap election in June, and now rely on an alliance with Northern Ireland's DUP. To defeat her, the opposition Labour Party will have to win over some Conservative MPs. The party led by Jeremy Corbyn says it will vote against the bill as it stands, arguing it amounts to a huge power grab by the executive. But no firm decisions or amendments to the bill will be made until Monday (September 11), when lawmakers will vote on whether the bill can move onto the next stage of its long legislative journey.

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UK begins debate on key Brexit bill

Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 01:50