Re­peal Bill is now dropped from Com­mons timetable

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THE flag­ship EU With­drawal Bill has been taken out of the Par­lia­men­tary cal­en­dar as a Con­ser­va­tive back­lash looms, it emerged last night.

The Bill was to be scru­ti­nised by MPs next week – but has been tem­po­rar­ily removed from the timetable be­cause the Gov­ern­ment faces re­bel­lion on sev­eral amend­ments. A to­tal of 300 amend­ments and 54 new clauses have been tabled, of which 13 are said to have enough Tory sup­port to de­feat the Gov­ern­ment.

The Bill will take Euro­pean Union law into do­mes­tic leg­is­la­tion to pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity as Bri­tain leaves the bloc.

Dur­ing busi­ness ques­tions yes­ter­day, Com­mons Leader An­drea Lead­som faced ques­tions about the Bill’s ab­sence from the cal­en­dar. On the Bill, Mrs Lead­som said: ‘What I can say to all mem­bers is of course, there are some 300 amend­ments and 54 new clauses be­ing pro­posed, quite rightly, by mem­bers who have very real con­cerns about the Bill.

‘Those are be­ing closely eval­u­ated. That is tak­ing a bit of time to have proper, thought­ful, well con­sid­ered re­sponses to those. But we will of course be bring­ing for­ward the com­mit­tee of the whole House [to de­bate the Bill] just as soon as we’re able to.’

MPs are due to spend eight days de­bat­ing the With­drawal Bill at com­mit­tee stage. It will then un­dergo fur­ther scru­tiny in the Com­mons and the Lords be­fore it can be ap­proved.

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