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UK House of Lords approves amendment requiring parliamentary approval of Brexit negotiations

The UK House of Lords passed an amendment to the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill Tuesday that gives the Parliament the ability to approve the negotiations of the UK's exit from the EU.

The upper house also rejected another amendment that would have required a national referendum vote to approve an agreement between the UK and the EU regarding the terms of the exit.

The EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill gives the prime minster the ability to formally start the process of exiting the EU. The bill now returns to the House of Commons so that the amendments can be considered by the lower house. The Brexit minister, David Davis, has stated that they will seek to overturn the amendment in the House of Commons.

The House of Commons approved the bill without the amendment in early February. Uncertainty about when and how the UK will leave the EU has been widespread. Last week judges for the UK High Court dismissed a suit that claimed members of parliament should be allowed to vote on whether Britain will leave the European Economic Area.

A majority of UK voters expressed their desire to leave the EU in June, leading to the resignation of former prime minster David Cameron.

(Published by Jurist - March 9, 2017)

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