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EU Withdrawal Bill: Crucial Brexit legislation passes to peers

22 January 2018

After a fraught series of debates that saw the Government make substantial concessions in the face of prospective rebellion from its own MPs, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has finally completed its passage in the House of Commons.

Now, it will proceed to the House of Lords for what promises to be an even more dramatic and closely-watched showdown between pro- and anti-Brexit forces, as well as tussles over a series of crucial details destined to shape the future relationship between the UK and EU. 

The Lords Second Reading of the Bill will take place over two days on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 January.

The timescale for the Second Reading has already been criticised by Labour peer Lord Adonis, a high-profile opponent of Brexit, who argued that this was not enough time.

However, the overall passage of the Bill through the House of Lords is expected to take longer than the Commons and focus on issues that remained underdebated by MPs.

While the Bill won sufficient support to secure its passage through the House of Commons, the Government’s difficulties are far from over. After already facing serious rebellion from prominent MPs over a number of central issues, there remain further battles to be fought.

Prominent peers are primed to continue the campaigns of their Commons colleagues by moving amendments on key sticking points.

The issues expected to dominate debate include the scope of delegated powers under the Bill; its impact on the legal system; rights protections; the Withdrawal Agreement; and the impact on UK devolution.

Discover the details of the key debates

To find out more about the learn more about the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and the issues expected to raise tensions in the House of Lords, read DeHavilland's in-depth new briefing. It offers a clear explanation of the key debates and profiles of leading peers overseeing its passage through the Upper Chamber.

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Anna Haswell, Senior Political Analyst and Content Marketer
Anna Haswell
Senior Political Analyst and Content Marketer

As Senior Political Analyst at DeHavilland, Anna Haswell leads on financial services policy, as well as covering media issues. In her capacity as Content Marketer, she is also responsible for DeHavilland's briefings and analysis output, working across teams to ensure relevant messages reach current and prospective clients alike. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and Goldsmiths, University of London.