A number of clauses in the previous version of the act have been removed. Among them, Lord Callanan (Conservative), Minister for Exiting the European Union, opened the debate on the bill and reacted on behalf of the government. The bill described by The Independent as a government “incision” on Conservative rebels would have allowed MPs to review and amend each “line-by-line” agreement.  Conservative MP Steve Baker wrote to The Times stating that the new bill “gives any agreement that we have a good reputation with the EU in British law” and that it is compatible with the referendum result of “giving more control over how we are governed by the British Parliament.”  On July 24, 2018, the government presented a white paper on the bill and how the legislation works.  The bill was first introduced by the government at the second session stagnated on 21 October 2019 by the government, entitled “A Bill to Implement, and make other provision in connection with, the agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU under Art 50, paragraph 2 of the Treaty on European Union which sets the arrangements for the rekingdom from the EU”.  This bill was not discussed further after second reading in the House of Commons on October 22, 2019, and passed on November 6, when Parliament was dissolved in preparation for the 2019 general election. The bill includes “divorce payments” to the EU, citizens` rights, customs rules for Northern Ireland and the proposed 11-month transitional period from 1 February to 31 December. South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, one of six Labour MPs who wanted to vote in favour of the bill, said it was time to end “opposition to the opposition.” The House of Commons supported an earlier bill at second reading in October; but rejected the Prime Minister`s plan to bring him down by Parliament within days, prompting him to push for parliamentary elections. The bill was first introduced in Parliament on 21 October 2019, but expired on 6 November with the dissolution of Parliament in preparation for the December 2019 parliamentary elections.
MEPs debated key areas of the law at second reading on Monday (January 13th). Among the participants were the opposition spokesman for leaving the EU and the president of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords. After passing its second reading by a sovereign 358 votes to 234, the withdrawal agreement is on track to complete its adoption by both houses of Parliament in time for Brexit to take place at the end of January. He said there was no point in legislating until the UK reached an agreement with the EU on the figures to come. After both chambers approved the legislation, he obtained royal approval on January 23. Royal Assent is the approval of the monarch to include the bill in an Act of Parliament (Law). The WAB agrees to withdraw Boris Johnson, which is a draft international treaty, into British law and gives the government permission to ratify it. This bill aims to implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU. After the WAB becomes law, the withdrawal agreement must also be ratified by the European Parliament.
A total of five amendments to the bill have been sent to MPs for consideration by the Lords, including on the rights of EU citizens, the power of British courts to deviate from EU law and the independence of the judiciary after Brexit.