For the UK Government to formally begin the withdrawal process from the European Union, it has to be empowered by a bill. This bill has now been submitted to the House of Commons and is waiting on the vital decisive vote.
At 20:00 GMT, MPs will cast a vote on the Brexit Bill that gives lee way for Article 50 to be triggered after an almost 7-hour debate, reports The Guardian.
There are expectations for the Labour rifts to deepen especially after its MPs were directed to back the bill.
On Tuesday night, the government attempted to keep off a Tory rebellion by scrapping plans to include some conditions to the bill.
With this vote, Theresa May’s administration will have finalized a two-day debate while ensuring no amendment has been made on the bill.
The House of Commons will have an opportunity to debate on the bill’s final amendments. This includes important considerations during the negotiation process after which it will be passed to its third and final reading – still in the Commons.
After the third reading, the whole process will culminate into a vote by MPs, probably exposing the enraging rifts within the Labour party.
An order by Jeremy Corbyn maintained that the party has to support the bill, whether its MPs amendments are included or not. He believes that turning against the government will be equivalent to breaking the wishes of the people, which were expressed in last year’s EU referendum.
But his order has not been lightly received, with the shadow business secretary Clive Lewis vowing to protest if the Labour amendments will not be part of it.
If the bill successfully goes through the Commons, it will then be debated in the House of Lords after the recession comes to an end on 20th February.
Labour’s Chris Leslie attempted on Tuesday to coerce the government to inquire parliament’s insight on the deal struck after the EU negotiations, a move thrashed by the MPs.
Those opposed to the intention were 326 against 293 advocating for a vote on the final terms.
The vote was rebelled by 7 conservatives with 6 Labour MPs taking the government’s side.
There were also many other attempts to amend the legislation, all of which were rejected after over 7-hours-negotations.
Theresa May has already promised Parliament will get a say on the final deal, but critics, including some Conservatives, said they wanted more than the “take it or leave it” vote being offered.