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UK lawmakers scrutinize Brexit bill ahead of tough parliamentary debates

 United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis (L) and Michel Barnier (R), the European Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 ahead give a press briefing at the end of Sith round of Negotiation on 'Brexit' talks at the EU Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 10, 2017. EPA-EFE/FILE/OLIVIER HOSLET

United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis (L) and Michel Barnier (R), the European Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 ahead give a press briefing at the end of Sith round of Negotiation on 'Brexit' talks at the EU Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 10, 2017. EPA-EFE/FILE/OLIVIER HOSLET

London, Nov 14 (efe-epa).- Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom on Tuesday began scrutinizing a bill that aims to enshrine existing European Union legislation into British law ahead of Brexit.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill entered its committee phase less than 24 hours after the country's secretary for exiting the EU, David Davis, announced that British lawmakers would get a say on the final Brexit deal, albeit in the form of a take-it-or-leave-it vote.

By passing the bill, Prime Minister Theresa May's conservative government also looks to write the official Brexit date _ Mar 29, 2019, _ into law.

But the ruling Tories, a minority executive that relies on the support of a Northern Irish regional party, are expected to meet stiff resistance not only from the Labour party opposition but also from pro-EU rebels on the government's backbenches.

Some 470 amendments have already been put forward by MPs ahead of several sessions of debate in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, that is set to kick-off Tuesday and resume again at a later date before Christmas.

During this time, MPs will go through the Bill line-by-line before it returns to the Commons for a final reading.

Should the lower chamber give it the green light, it will pass to the House of Lords before it can be written into law.

Members of the opposition have expressed concern that passing the bill as it stands could hand too much power to the government, which would have the power to alter and dismantle laws without putting its decisions to a parliamentary vote.

The government insists that the Bill will ensure minimal disruption to businesses as the UK leaves the bloc.

Davis and his team of negotiators are currently locked in talks with Brussels to untangle more than four decades of political and economic cooperation with the EU.

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