European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

From Missy in the UK:

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has been tabled in Parliament.

The Bill is 137 words long (I haven’t counted, am trusting the media have and have it correct):

“A bill to confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Power to notify withdrawal from the EU
(1) The Prime Minister may notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.
(2) This section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European Communities Act 1972 or any other enactment.

2 Short title
This Act may be cited as the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017.”

Labour MPs are complaining they have not been given long enough.

Labour are planning to table 4 Amendments, whilst the SNP are planning to table 60 Amendments.

It seems the Telegraph article may have been slightly incorrect regarding the number of days of debate. According to the Guardian only two days are for debate with the other three for the committee and report stages and third reading.

With a lot of backwards and forwards it seems Corbyn will impose a three line whip on his MPs to vote in favour of the bill. Over the last few days there was suggestion he would do this, then suggestion he wouldn’t, bu today he has apparently said he will. Some MPs have already stated they will defy this and vote against.

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  1. Missy

     /  27th January 2017

    Some Labour MPs have declared they will defy the whip and vote against the bill. Of those that have stated this since the imposition of the three line whip by Corbyn, one has resigned from the front benches to do this, one other front bencher who has said he will vote against the bill is expected to be sacked, and two of those that will vote against it are Party whips – those that are supposed to ensure all MPs vote according to the instruction from the leadership.

    Corbyn is running out of MPs who will serve in his Shadow Cabinet, this could get interesting.

    Also, Diane Abbott had a rare moment of talking sense when she said in support of Corbyn’s stance to vote for the bill: “It would be wrong. How could MPs vote for a referendum and then turn around and say: it went the wrong way so we are ignoring it?”

  2. Missy

     /  28th January 2017

    On another, but slightly related note, Theresa May has headed to the US and will meet with President Trump later today.

    The key points they will discuss are:

    1. Trade deal: Mrs May and Mr Trump will seek to find common ground on trade and lay the groundwork for a new deal after Britain leaves the European Union around March 2019. Mr Trump is keen to agree deal within three months.

    2. Defence: Mrs May will be keen to ensure that Mr Trump remains fully committee to the Nato military alliance which is a vital organisation to keep Russia in check in eastern Europe. Both leaders are expected to urge other Nato countries increase their defence spending to 2 per cent of gross national product.

    3. Russia: Mrs May and Mr Trump will discuss the West’s concern about Russia.
    Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will speak directly for the first time since the US president’s inauguration in a telephone call on Saturday.

    • Gezza

       /  28th January 2017

      Aljaz: Barnaby Phillips – “It is not a relationship of equals”.
      At some speech today, Theresa mentioned the ‘special relstionship’ 8 times, but on the White House Press Release about her visit, her name was misspelt 3 times. 😬

      • Missy

         /  28th January 2017

        Yeah, they have commented on the misspelling of her name, however one explanation put forward is that Theresa May (with an h) is the name of a soft porn actress and they didn’t want to get them confused! 😂

        Personally I think it just shows a lack of attention to detail – a poor start for the Trump Administration.

        • Gezza

           /  28th January 2017

          Sounds like an alternative fact after the fact to me, Missy. Must do better.
          Anyway, it’s Good Morning to you, & it’s Good Night from me. 😀

          • Missy

             /  28th January 2017

            True, I think it is some apologist trying to cover for the incompetence in the White House.

            Good Night G.


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