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U.K. Lawmakers Given Two Weeks to Debate Short Brexit Bill

  • Draft Article 50 law just 137 words long to avert amendments
  • Opposition say time too short to scrutinize Brexit plans
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U.K. Publishes Draft Law to Trigger Article 50 for Brexit

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will push its draft law to trigger the start of the Brexit process through the House of Commons within two weeks in a rush to stick to her March 31 deadline.

The initial debate on the tightly drawn, 137-word bill published Thursday will start in the lower chamber of Parliament on Jan. 31, with a vote the following day. The government wants to limit the possibility of amendments by opposition lawmakers and pro-EU members of the ruling Conservative Party.