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The EU Withdrawal Bill and a submissive Commons

MPs should protect democracy. This week they chose not to do so

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Brexit was supposed to be about taking back control, empowering the Westminster parliament. So how then should we judge our elected representatives’ performance in scrutinising the domestic legislation that prepares the UK for Brexit, and most particularly MPs’ recent rejection of the House of Lords’ amendments to that legislation?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUWB), to give it its full name, is the flagship Brexit legislation introduced to parliament on 13th July 2017. The Bill will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and thus European…

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