Brexit: Article 50 bill changes overwhelmingly rejected

Brexit: Article 50 bill faces final test in Parliament

The Bill faces the last challenge in Parliament before becoming an Act of law

Monday, March 13, 2017

MPs have overwhelmingly rejected changes to the Article 50 bill introduced in the House of Lords.

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) bill received two amendments from Labour peers during its passage through the upper chamber - one to guarantee the status of EU nationals, the other to oblige the Government to consult MPs at the end of the Brexit negotiations.

However both amendments have been rejected. The EU nationals amendment was defeated by a margin of 335 votes to 287, while the Parliamentary vote clause was defeated by 331 votes to 286.

The Lords now has the opportunity to reinsert the amendments and send the bill back down to the Commons, but Labour peers have said they will not do so.

Although the bill now seems all-but-ready for enactment, Downing Street has said Article 50 will not be triggered this week, and it is expected Theresa May will wait until the end of March before beginning the secession process.