Withdrawal Agreement Bill Ping Pong
Shortly thereafter, a Fifth Amendment narrowly received the support of its peers – the government having lost 239 votes to 235 – and amended the bill, so that it takes note of the Sewel Convention, according to which Parliament should not legislate on decentralized issues without the agreement of the decentralized institutions. On Wednesday, the House of Commons rejected the five amendments by separate votes by a significant majority and sent the original bill back to the House of Lords. It could have started with a parliamentary ping-pong game where other versions of the law went back and forth between the two houses, until they agreed on a version. But faced with the Conservatives` 80-seat majority in the House of Commons, the House of Lords accepted and approved the bill yesterday in its original form without a vote. But he added that he was „happy… Let us remind noble lords that we have received a clear message from the elected house,“ who supported the bill by an overwhelming majority. MEPs on Wednesday rejected amendments to the bill that would have given devolved administrations more leeway to deviate from UK rules. But the withdrawal agreement, which became law yesterday, contains a major change to the previous law, which will greatly complicate the work that is before the EU and the UK in negotiations on their future relations. The withdrawal agreement negotiated by the EU and the UK provides for a period after withdrawal during which the UK, although no longer a member of the EU, will remain in the EU internal market and the EU customs union. The agreement provides that the transitional period expires on 31 December 2020, unless the UK requests it and the EU grants an extension until 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2021 or 31 December 2022. This provision was agreed because both parties understood that it would be extremely difficult to reach agreement on all relevant issues related to their future relations in the context of their future period of relations.
Barclay was put under pressure by MPs to explain his argument. Yvette Cooper, the former chair of Labour`s Civil Liberties Committee, said she did not understand the active decision to withdraw the measure from the bill. At its meeting on 13 December, in the format of Article 50 – that is, without Boris Johnson – the European Council reaffirmed its desire to establish as close a relationship as possible with the United Kingdom, in line with the political declaration defining the framework for future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom.