Factbox – The Brexit law: What is the UK government putting to parliament next month?

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May plans to ask British lawmakers to vote in early June on legislation to ratify her Brexit deal with the European Union.

An anti-Brexit protester walks outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Here is some information about that legislation:


The ‘European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill’, known as the WAB, formally ratifies Britain’s exit agreement with the EU.

It gives legal effect to the transition period, due to run until December 2020, the rights of EU citizens, a financial settlement with the bloc and an agreement on how to avoid a hard border in Ireland if a future trade deal with the EU cannot be concluded in time.


The government has said it plans to hold the so-called second reading of the bill in the week beginning June 3. This is the first opportunity lawmakers have to debate and vote on the bill, and the debate is likely to last one or two days.

The bill could have its first reading, when it is formally introduced and published, before that week. Parliament is due to be in recess May 23-June 4, so it could be published before that break in order to give lawmakers time to scrutinise the bill.

The government has not yet said which day the second reading will take place. Parliament is only due to be sitting on June 4-6 that week, and there are several big events taking place including a state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump and commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings.

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