Commons report: MPs give divisive Brexit debate one last whirl

BY Oliver Rhodes | tweet oliver_rhodes1   /  30 December 2020

MPs have formally approved the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill, laying out the terms of Britain’s future relationship with the EU. The government won by 521 votes to 73 following a protracted debate, although there was criticism from MPs who wanted more time.

Four hours of speeches by members of the House alternated between notes of triumph and sorrow. Yet while many, including on the opposition benches, had reservations about the technicalities of the deal negotiated by the government, most accepted that it provided a workable platform for Britain’s future domestic and international policy.


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