Withdrawal

The EU Withdrawal Bill stepped further forward last week, passing through the Commons by a majority of 29. This was after 80 hours of consideration and more than 500 amendments. With Conservatives holding the party line, Labour amendments regarding Parliamentary scrutiny on loss of single market access, and withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights were easily defeated. Less than a quarter of MPs voted in favour of guaranteed single market and customs union access post-Brexit. However, the reading of the Bill in the Lords is yet to come, and it may experience a greater challenge in the upper house, where the majority of peers are pro-EU. An example of this opposition comes from Lord Adonis, the former Infrastructure chief, who states he just wants one amendment, ‘DELETE ALL’.