May facing huge Brexit bill battle
THERESA May faces a titanic battle over her flagship Brexit bill, after scores of amendments were tabled within hours of it passing its first parliamentary hurdle.
In all, 157 amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, covering 59 pages, were published, including many from senior Tory europhiles.
The Bill cleared its second reading in the House of Commons by a margin of 36 in the early hours of yesterday, after a mooted rebellion by Remain-backing Conservatives failed to materialise and seven Labour MPs rebelled against leader Jeremy Corbyn to vote with the Government.
But the raft of changes proposed by Tories serves notice on the Prime Minister that she faces a rough ride in the remaining stages of the Bill’s passage through Parliament.