The EU Withdrawal Bill, or the Brexit Bill as it is more commonly known, will return to the House of Commons today and tomorrow after being defeated in the House of Lords no fewer than 15 times.
The list of amendments has been particularly controversial because the House of Lords has insisted the government demonstrate to Parliament by October that it had tried to keep the UK in a customs union. The move would have the effect of tying the UK to the EU’s trading regulations, which Brexiteers view as a key reason for voting to leave the trading bloc.
However, the Government is facing internal battles from 11 Tory rebel MPs, who voted against the Government in December last year. The rebels, half of whom represent leave-voting constituencies, have been particularly vocal about remaining in the European Union.
However, many others within the Conservative Party, who voted to remain in the EU, believe that a vote against the Government would be detrimental to Britain’s future.
Former Home Secretary and remain campaigner Amber Rudd, joined forces with leave campaigner and former leader of the Conservative Party, Iain Duncan Smith, to urge their colleagues to vote against the amendments. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the senior Tories argued that the Government’s hand would be weakened in the Brexit negotiations if the Government is defeated.
The campaign foes called for unity and urged their colleagues to move beyond petty differences saying that this is about “getting Brexit right” so that we can truly “make Brexit a success for Britain.”
The only thing left to do now is wait to see if the rebels heed the advice of their more senior colleagues and constituents to make Brexit successful for Britain.