Meanwhile, Lord Dubs of the Labour Party said it was „frightening and deeply troubling“ that his amendment to the previous Brexit Act, which suggested that the UK would continue to allow unaccompanied minor refugees to be reunited with their families, had been withdrawn. „Labour will not support this bill, because we are confident that there is a better and fairer way for this country to leave the EU.“ Not surprisingly, the bill clarified its third reading in the House of Commons by a majority of 99 votes. The 330 votes for were conservative. MPs are now voting on the request for a programme that sets the timetable for parliament`s submission of the legislation by 31 January. The bill includes „divorce payments“ to the EU, citizens` rights, customs rules for Northern Ireland and the planned 11-month transition period. Nandy voted against the law Friday, along with others who hoped hopefuls Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer, Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry. The UK has said this can be done by the end of 2020 and the bill also excludes the extension of the transition period, even though no free trade agreement has been reached with the EU. Amendments were made to the previous bill, which was backed by the House of Commons in October but withdrawn by the government after MPs refused a three-day deadline to pass it through Parliament. Read also: Will Boris Johnson sink the UK`s Brexit withdrawal deal? The bill is now moving on to the second phase of the parliamentary process – the so-called committee phase.
It will be the subject of a thorough analysis over the next three days, with MEPs proposing amendments. The British government passed the law by a majority of 340 to 263, despite strong opposition from former prime ministers and members of the Conservative Party. Critics have called the law a violation of international law. Six Labour members voted for the bill – Sarah Champion, Rosie Cooper, Jon Cruddas, Emma Lewell-Buck, Grahame Morris, Toby Perkins. Here is Lewell-Buck`s speech, in which she says she decided with a heavy heart that she could not vote with the Labour Party. The bill will now continue to go around the House of Commons and Lords to enter the law inevitably before 29 January, in time for the plenary session of the European Parliament, in order to ratify the October Brexit agreement. t.co/tt8j8igzO0 South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, who was one of six Labour MPs who wanted to vote for the bill, said it was time to end „opposition to the opposition.“