Brexit: EU withdrawal bill debate delayed after 300 amendments demanded by MPs

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

The EU withdrawal bill had been due to be debated next week in the House of Commons, but the government will now push back the date in order to assess the backlog of amendments.

Theresa May's plans for Brexit are in disarray after it emerged her flagship Brexit bill has been put on hold because of a potentially disastrous Tory rebellion.

It came on the day that Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, admitted that "no deal" was now a real possibility after talks in Brussels reached deadlock.

Andrea Leadsom, the Commons leader, confirmed that there would be no debate on the repeal bill in the next seven days as ministers continue to wade through 300 amendments.

A total of 300 amendments and 54 new clauses.

Ms Leadsom told MPs: "Those proposals are being closely evaluated".

"That is taking a bit of time so that we give proper, thoughtful, well considered responses to them. We will, of course, be bringing forward the Committee of the whole House just as soon as we are able to do so".

Ms May is caught in a Brexit trap after European Union leaders ruled Britain must pay up to secure future trade talks, while her own MPs demanded she make no more concessions.

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