This bill aims to implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU. The vote followed a statement by committee chairman Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) and a discussion between the Parliament`s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt (Renew Europe, BE) and the coordinators of the political groups. The second (Amendment 20) concerns the knowledge of the Sewel Convention, which guarantees that the British Parliament cannot legislate on decentralised issues without the agreement of the de decentralised legislator. MEPs voted by 239 votes in favour and 235 against, resulting in the amendment. The protocol also contains a unilateral exit mechanism for Northern Ireland: the Northern Ireland Assembly will vote every four years on whether these rules, which require a simple majority, should be maintained. These votes take place two months before the end of each four-year period, with the first period beginning at the end of December 2020 (when the transition period is scheduled). [26] If the Assembly is suspended on that date, the GG vote shall be held. If the Assembly expresses inter-community support in one of these periodic votes, the protocol will apply for the next eight years instead of the usual four years. [26] However, if the Assembly votes against the continuation of these rules, the UK and the EU will be given two years to adopt new rules. [24] [25] In July 2017, David Jones, Minister of State for Leaving the European Union, told the House of Commons that he expected Parliament`s vote on the Brexit deal with the EU to take place “before the debates and votes of the European Parliament on the final agreement”. Asked what would happen if MPs and members of the House of Lords decided they did not like the deal, Mr Jones said: “The vote will be either to accept the deal. Or there will be no agreement. [13] At a withdrawal meeting of the European Union`s special committee in October, Labour MP Seema Malhotra Davis asked: “The vote of our Parliament, the British Parliament, could be after March 2019? to which Davis replied, “Yes, it could be. [14] This has been criticised by Labour MPs and some Conservative MPs.

[15] [16] This meant that when the government lost the deferred vote on January 15, 2019, it had three days of meeting (until January 21, 2019) to establish its “Plan B.” [72] On 18 April 2017, Theresa May announced an early general election on 8 June 2017[11] aimed at strengthening her hand in the Brexit negotiations. [12] This led to a lagging Parliament, where the number of Conservatives rose from 330 to 317, although the party won its highest number of votes since 1983, which led it to negotiate a confidence and supply contract with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to support a minority government. On the weekend before the amendment was voted on in the House of Commons, the leaders of the United Nations Group on Relations with the European Union signed a statement saying: “Members of all parties have already given valuable control to the EU withdrawal law and we have forced the government to make some concessions. But it won`t matter if we can`t really vote on the withdrawal agreement that the government is negotiating with the European Union. [21] In a debate with the Croatian Secretary of State for European Affairs, Nikolina Brnjac, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and CHEF`s European Negotiator Michel Barnier, Parliament provided an update on the withdrawal process and the challenges ahead.

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