The Repeal Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on 13th July 2017.  It is expected that the controversial nature of the bill means that it will take until at least April 2018 for the bill to go through all of its stages in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

MPs will debate the second reading on Thursday 7th and Monday 11th September 2017. This is when MPs will debate the key principles in the Bill.

Read the Alliance's briefing here.

Usually the Government also proposes a programme motion which sets out how many days the House of Commons will have to debate and scrutinise a specific bill.  As this is both a controversial and constitutionally significant bill, it is possible this won’t happen with the Repeal Bill.

Dates have not yet been set for Committee Stage of the Bill, although it is expected to start in October after the party conferences. This is when MPs consider the Bill in detail - clause by clause - and when amendments are tabled and voted on. This could be quite a long process, particularly if lots of amendments are tabled. 

As the bill is a constitutional measure it will be considered by a Committee of the Whole House. This means that instead of a small group of MPs being nominated by their parties to consider the bill in detail, any MP can take part in committee stage.

You can find out more about all the stages that the bill will go through in both the House of Commons and House of Lords here

Malene Bratlie