European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19. House of Commons Second Reading, 7-11 September 2017

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Following the 8 June 2017 General Election in the United Kingdom the State Opening of Parliament took place on the 21 June 2017. This marked the formal start of the parliamentary year and included the Queen's Speech which set out the government’s agenda for the 2017-19 session, outlining proposed policies and legislation.

The programme was dominated by proposed legislation dealing with the United Kingdom's planned leaving of the European Union. Eight of the twenty seven bills to be introduced were connected with Brexit.

+ European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (introduced on the 13 July 2017)
+ Customs Bill
+ Trade Bill
+ Immigration Bill
+ Fisheries Bill
+ Agriculture Bill
+ Nuclear Safeguards Bill
+ International Sanctions Bill

Even though the bill was introduced in July 2017 parliamentary scrutiny in practice would only begin in the autumn of 2017 after the summer break. Opposition parties, human rights groups and the leaders of Scotland and Wales criticised aspects of the bill and suggested they would call for substantive amendments.

+ 1st Reading: 13 July 2017
+ 2nd Reading: 7-11 September 2017This ESO record provides information associated with the Second Reading debate and vote on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-2019 in the House of Commons between the 7-11 September 2017. On the 11 September 2017 MPs voted voted 326 to 290 in favour of the Bill.

More detailed consideration of the proposed legislation would arise at later readings in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

To follow the progress of the bill throughout parliament click here.

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