Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement Bill has gone through its third reading in the House of Commons , with parliamentarians voting 330 to 231, with a margin of 99 votes in favour of the deal the prime minister arrived at with the European Union late last year. The bill comprehensively covers a slew of issues that need to be regulated within the withdrawal process including the amount Britain is due to pay in so-called "divorce" payments, Irish border arrangements, customs in neighbouring Northern Ireland, and so on. Despite the legislation now scheduled to go through a vote in the Lords, with the latter looking to scrutinise it and even possibly return it to the Commons, Johnson's team is rejoicing, as the bill turmoil has finally shown signs of abating. And, most importantly, the chances of stage one of Brexit effectively happening at 23:00 GMT on the 31st of January are solid. "There have been calls for the Lords to ‘respect’ the votes of the people (both referendum and election) but it will undoubtedly receive tougher scrutiny given the Lords' profile and concerns over Irish border issues especially”, says Laura McAllister, professor of public policy from the Wales Governance Centre… Read full this story
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