Britain seeks stronger security partnership with European Union after Brexit

Ivan Schwartz
September 13, 2017

Speaking hours before the vote, Mr. Corbyn told BBC Radio4's World at One programme that staying in the EU Single Market is "open for discussion".

The legislation repeals the 1972 Bill which brought Britain into the European Economic Community and translates all EU rules into British laws.

The EU has refused to broach any aspect of the future trade relationship until Brexit talks have achieved sufficient progress on citizen's rights, the Irish border and Britain's financial bill for leaving the EU.

Lawmakers will vote around midnight local time on a bill created to transpose more than 10,000 European Union laws on to the United Kingdom statute book.

It will repeal the 1972 act taking Britain into the European Economic Community and convert EU law into United Kingdom law.

He said the UK's commitment to European security was "undiminished".

The government has promised concerned lawmakers that ministers would not use the wide-ranging powers to make "substantive changes" to law and some have said they will seek changes to the bill at later stages.

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However, those opposed to the bill fear it gives ministers the power to make changes to laws during the process without consulting MPs.

The prime minister won after her government promised to discuss critics' concerns before they have to vote again, and to consider allowing more time for the next stage of debates on the law.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said MPs who backed the bill should feel "ashamed".

British lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of the government's proposed timetable for debating legislation created to sever political, financial and legal ties with the European Union. The UK and the European Union should have regular close consultations on foreign and security policy issues, with the option to agree upon joint positions on foreign policy issues.

"The challenge now is for MPs across the chamber to unite behind a common goal in ensuring that this United Kingdom government is prevented from railroading further Brexit legislation through that risks the very foundations of devolution", the SNP's global affairs spokesman, Stephen Gethins, said.

"It's in our mutual interest to work closely with the European Union and its member states to challenge terrorism and extremism, illegal migration, cyber crime, and conventional state-based military aggression", he said.

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