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labour attacks brexit date 'gimmick' as mps begin scrutiny

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labour attacks brexit date 'gimmick' as mps begin scrutiny

media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionwhat's going on with the eu withdrawal bill?several tory mps have joined labour in demanding theresa may withdraw a key brexit legislation amendment to set the exact time of eu departure in law.ministers say being "crystal clear" about when the uk will leave on 29 march 2019 will give maximum certainty.but ex-chancellor ken clarke said the move was "silly" while dominic grieve said it would "fetter" ministers' hands if talks dragged on to the last minute. labour has branded it a "gimmick" and said it will vote against it.the row came as mps began debating the european union (withdrawal) bill in depth for the first time, a crucial piece of legislation paving the way for the uk's withdrawal by essentially copying all eu law into uk law.tuesday's marathon eight-hour debate is the first of eight sessions over the next month in which mps will pore over the details of the government's brexit strategy and seek changes. the government saw off the first challenge to the bill as plaid cymru's call for the scottish parliament, welsh assembly and northern ireland assembly to give their consent before the 1972 european communities act - which paved the way for the uk to originally join the then european economic community - can be repealed was defeated by 318 to 52 votes.a government amendment to enshrine the brexit date and time - 23:00 gmt on 29 march 2019 - in law, announced by mrs may last friday, will not be debat...