British lawmakers have been debating the fine print of the EU withdrawal bill as Theresa May's landmark Brexit legislation reaches a critical phase. Jacob Greaves reports
If the devil is in the detail- then this process could be hellish. [[UPSOT SHOUTING]] Theresa May's landmark Brexit legislation is in a critical phase. British lawmakers on Tuesday beginning the battle over the fine print of the EU withdrawal bill. [[UPSOT]] In total 186 pages of amendments have been tabled. The government has sold the bill as simply copying EU legislation into British law. But critics warn its a power grab, allowing ministers to change laws without parliament. ...this after the Brexit campaign fought on the notion of taking back control. This debate, just the first of many set to stretch into December. The governments real challenges are set to come in the latter stages. Rumours abound in the British press about a group of Conservative Party rebels preparing to vote with the main Labour opposition on certain points. And throughout the eight set debates the government will never be far from defeat. The prime minister's weakened minority government may need a small number of Democratic Unionist Party lawmakers to make up the numbers. A particular crunch point will likely be how much of a say MPs will get over any Brexit deal. All the time Theresa May's leadership, as well as the legislation, will be in the spotlight.