Labour has put down a raft amendments to the Brexit Bill just hours after losing a Parliamentary bid to block the proposed laws.
The party wants to curb so-called Henry VIII powers – expected to be used around 1,000 times as EU laws make their way on to British statute books – that allow reforms to be passed with little parliamentary scrutiny.
It also wants to secure protections on human rights and environmental standards.
The party has tabled a wave of amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and will put down more over the coming weeks.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “This is such a flawed Bill that the Prime Minister should have dropped it and started again. Instead, she has adopted her normal blinkered approach and forced through a Bill that will need extensive amendment and improvement in a whole range of areas.
“This is likely to cause delays and division in Parliament, and the Prime Minister has nobody to blame but herself.
“Labour amendments would give greater control to Parliament and take power back from the hands of ministers. They would protect key rights and environmental safeguards and ensure that the Government does not have a legislative blank cheque.
“They will go some way to improve what is a deeply flawed Bill”.
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