British government began battle to pass key Brexit bill

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Ministers' Questions session, in parliament in London, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Vastavam web: The British government began battle today to pass a major plank of its Brexit plans through Parliament, amid faltering progress in divorce talks with the EU.Lawmakers are starting debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which will revoke thousands of EU laws and regulations and replace them with domestic statute on the day the UK leaves the bloc.Critics say the bill gives the government powers to change laws without parliamentary scrutiny.
The main opposition Labour Party calls the bill “a power grab” and says it will vote against it when it is put to lawmakers next week.Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019, two years after it triggered the official exit process.Exit negotiations have made little headway, with the EU and Britain accusing one another of failing to compromise. UK Brexit Secretary David Davis has urged EU negotiators to show “flexibility” and begin negotiating a future economic relationship that would include a free trade deal between Britain and the bloc.