Brexit Bill un­scathed

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

Lon­don: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s blueprint to leave the Euro­pean Union emerged un­scathed yes­ter­day from a first day of de­bate in par­lia­ment on leg­is­la­tion to sever ties with the bloc.

The de­bate, ex­pected to last for weeks, is on the EU with­drawal Bill, seen by May as cru­cial to give com­pa­nies con­fi­dence that there will be no ma­jor le­gal changes that af­fect busi­ness when Bri­tain leaves the EU in March 2019.

Op­po­nents want to use the de­bate to force con­ces­sions on May’s plan for leav­ing the bloc, but the ini­tial chal­lenges were voted down or dropped.

The prime min­is­ter will face tougher bat­tles as the de­bate goes on, test­ing her abil­ity to steer through a Bill in­tended largely to ‘‘copy and paste’’ Euro­pean rules and reg­u­la­tions into Bri­tish law by the time it leaves the 28­mem­ber EU. — Reuters

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