Glostays (the Gloucestershire-wide campaign group to stay in the EU) has met to discuss Parliament's passing of the third reading on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. Whilst some members were disappointed that none of the proposed amendments were added to the bill, other members were delighted that Theresa May's Government had backed down and agreed to Parliament having a vote on the final EU deal.
The bill will now be sent to the House of Lords for approval before it becomes law.
Chair of Glostays, Matt Lewis-Garner said "We welcome the Government's back-down over Parliament being allowed a vote on the final deal, but it would have been nice to have this in writing in the legislation. It's all too easy for politicians to go back on their word if it's not in the Act of Parliament."
Secretary of Glostays, Lindsay Hamilton-Reid added "We will now be asking the House of Lords to add this as an amendment to the bill. We have no desire to block the bill, we just want to ensure that the Government is accountable to Parliament."
The House of Lords is expected to start debating the bill on 20th of February so that Article 50 (the process for starting the 2 year negotiation) can be triggered before the end of March.
Glostays is a grassroots, non-partisan movement, calling on Gloucestershire residents to join their campaign to stay in the EU. They will be holding a campaign stall in Stroud on Saturday 11th February.