LONDON: British MPs returned to the House of Commons on Tuesday after a brief parliamentary recess to what promises to be a bruising battle over a crucial Brexit legislation transferring existing EU laws to Britain.
The EU Withdrawal Bill, which formally converts all European Union (EU) legislation into UK law to ensure complete clarity on Brexit day 'March 29, 2019', returns for a line by line scrutiny by lawmakers in what is referred to as the committee
stage of the bill.
Embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, already under pressure from all sides of the political divide over embarrassing high-profile exits from the Cabinet of key ministers, faces the prospect of
rebellion from within her party by anti-Brexit MPs unhappy with aspects of the
The debate on the bill, listed for eight days, will take up more than 470 amendments, running into 186 pages, MPs want to see before the bill can be passed into law.
Opposition Labour and rebels from within the Conservative government are preparing to vote together on some of the amendments to inflict defeats on an already embattled May.
Her Brexit minister, David Davis, tried to head off some of that rebellion by offering the Commons a vote on the final Brexit deal.