The EU Withdrawal Bill finally finished its parliamentary journey last week. Dr Alice Lilly looks at what else has been happening in Parliament in the past year, and finds the Government’s status as a minority—and Brexit—has significantly curtailed its legislative programme.
On Monday the House of Lords will consider the Commons’ verdict on the amendments it made to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Maddy Thimont Jack says that this will inevitably lead to a second showdown on a ‘meaningful vote’ in the Commons later in the week.
The Scottish Parliament has denied consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Akash Paun argues that the Prime Minister now faces an unpalatable choice: concede defeat or help the SNP make the case for indyref2.
Parliamentary support for staying in a customs union with the European Union is now the biggest threat to the Government’s handling of Brexit. The Government should make its arguments for leaving in much more detail – or use Parliament as a reason to change its view.
A year ago, the Prime Minister called a general election in the hopes of getting a majority to help her get Brexit through Parliament. But Jill Rutter says that her failure to adapt parliamentary tactics after the election result is an even bigger own goal.