The corresponding amendment to the Brexit bill was passed by the House of Lords with 349 votes in favor at 221 against. According to the amendment, the government will resort to such "special powers" not when it is necessary (as proposed in the bill introduced by May), but only when there is a proven need for it. Initially, the government of May tried to use the legal norm, which describes right to special powers introduced in the XVI century by King Henry VIII.
This is the fourth in recent weeks "defeat" of the May’s office after bringing a bill to Parliament - the House of Lords has already adopted three amendments imposing restrictions on the government's plans to carry out "hard" Brexit. Earlier, the House of Lords adopted an amendment that lets saving the Charter of the European Union on the fundamental rights in British law after Brexit, an amendment providing for UK membership in the resemblance of a Customs Union with the EU, as well as an amendment, limiting Ministers in the right to determine what kind of EU legislation can be reviewed in the court after leaving the European Union.
However, this vote, like previous ones, will have little impact on the legislative process, as all the amendments will be brought for approval to the House of Commons, which is expected to support the government's position. Nevertheless, the result of the will of the lords shows the sharpness of the public debate around Brexit and serious differences on this issue in British political circles. According to local media, despite the fact that the vote of Lords will not much affect the plans of May, it will have an impact on legislators.
Britain must leave the EU no later than March 29th, 2019.