An amendment to the Brexit bill has been passed by 309 to 305 that will allow parliament to have a ‘meaningful’ say on the withdrawal deal.
“Tonight Parliament took control of the EU withdrawal process,” said one of the twelve Tory rebels, MP Nicky Morgan.
The EU Withdrawal Bill is an integral part of the UK’s exit strategy. It aims to effectively end the supremacy of EU law and copy EU law into the UK statute book, so that the same rules and regulations apply post-Brexit.
The ‘Henry VIII’ Clause 9 of the bill gives ministers the power to implement Brexit without going through Parliament first.
However, after the amendment, MPs can now send May back to the negotiating table if they do not like the deal.
The vote will not stop Brexit or ministers from implementing their Brexit plans, though the PM claims it will make the two-year withdrawal process less smooth and orderly, as the new of Act of Parliament would be implemented “at a very late stage in the proceedings”.
Tory MP Dominic Raab called it “a minor setback”.
The UK currently plans to leave the EU by March 2019.