EU Withdrawal bill debate – liveblog

Live feed from Parliament courtesy of the Guardian

12:30 – Vote on Second Reading:

Ayes – 326

Noes – 290

And I will now be winding up this liveblog. Thanks for reading.

12:13 – Vote on Labour amendment:

Ayes – 296

Noes – 318

Now the House is voting on whether the bill should be given a second reading.

12:05 – The Labour Amendment states that the Bill hands “sweeping powers” to ministers allowing them to “bypass Parliament”.

11:59 – The House is now going to vote on the Labour amendment before the vote on Second Reading.

11:58 – Lidington says he hopes that the House recognises the importance of passing the Bill. And that’s that.

11:55 – Things appear to be getting rowdy in the chamber. Hilary Benn (Con) is having to cup his ear to hear Lidington.

11:53 – He says that secondary legislation can only be made relating to EU law. He further cites clauses 9 and 17 to strike down any claims of “sweeping powers”, saying the only powers that the bill provides are those on the face of the bill.

11:52 – He says that he is confident that an agreement will be made between the government and the devolved administrations with post-Brexit powers. Moving on, he is now addressing delegated powers. He says that secondary legislation provided by the bill has a defined purpose to implement Brexit quicker.

11:49 – Sylvia Hermon (Ind.) criticises the government for setting aside the general principles of EU law. Lidington responds by saying that the general principles are already enshrined in British values. Lidington is now talking about devolution. He says that the government will have to come forward with some common framework once EU regulations on farming and fisheries and other aspects fall away.

11:47 – Dominic Grieve (Con) is intervening now, challenging Lidington’s claims that challenging legislation will still be doable. Lidington responds by saying that it will not be possible for citizens to bring challenges to legislation for breaching general principles of EU law after Brexit.

11:46 – He says that while on the day of Brexit that EU treaties will fall away, that the rights implemented by those treaties will be implemented in British law. He appears to be repeating himself quite a lot.

11:44 – Stephen Timms (Lab) invites Lidington to respond to Dominic Grieve’s article describing the bill as a monstrosity. Lidington says he disagrees.

11:43 – He says in response to speeches made that raised concerns of certain rights that this bill implements all the rights and regulations currently set out in EU law. He tries to equate voting against the bill with voting against those rights continuing. He says voting against the bill would mean a chaotic Brexit.

11:39 – He would like to speak on why this bill is needed. He points out that this bill does not effect Brexit, that is a decision that his already made. He says that what the bill does is ensure the UK to have a coherent statute book upon Brexit.

11:36 – David Lidington is speaking now for the government. He says he would like to address the main criticisms raised about the bill, before moving on to speaking about how the government sees the way forward.

11:35 – Closing now, he says that we do not need to legislate in this fashion to achieve Brexit. He criticises the government for putting the House in the position that the bill puts them in. He cites concerns raised by the Opposition, and says while such concerns have been dismissed by some Tories, that others have raised the same concerns. He criticises Ministers for only now beginning to engage in talks to make the bill better. He says that the Opposition needs more than vague offers to talk at committee stage. He says that while a bill with the aim of updating the statute book is necessary, such a flawed bill should not be passed, which is why the Opposition is voting against.

11:34 – He says that the bill risks destabilising the union with its treatment of the devolved institutions. He cites Dominic Grieve’s article for the Evening Standard which described the bill as unconstitutional.

11:30 – He is criticising the sweeping powers that the bill provides to ministers. He also points out that the bill could allow for changes to UK law without any Parliamentary scrutiny.

11:27 – Matthew Pennycook, a Shadow Brexit Minister is speaking now. He says the debate has rightly reflected the enormity of the issues at stake. He says that the Opposition recognises that EU legislation needs to be implemented into EU law.

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