The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the House of Commons

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The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is to return to the House of Commons for further debate.

As set out previously, the House of Lords voted in favour of numerous amendments to the Bill, including 15 on which the Government was defeated. These included not only amendments addressing parliamentary scrutiny of changes to EU-derived legislation, but also amendments: requiring the Government to include as an objective in negotiations to seek continued participation by the UK in the European Economic Area (EEA) post-Brexit; and requiring Ministers to explore the option of the UK remaining in a customs union.

It has now been proposed that votes on all of the House of Lords’ amendments will take place on 12 June.

The Government has indicated that certain of the Lords’ amendments are unacceptable and it will seek to overturn them in what is likely to be a full day of parliamentary business.

However, given that the Government relies on the DUP to establish a majority, and with several members of the Prime Minister’s own party at odds with the Government over Brexit, the votes could be significant – both for the treatment of EU-derived laws post-Brexit and for the conduct of the Government’s negotiations regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

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