Yvette Cooper's Bill to STOP no deal gets Royal Assent and becomes law
Pro-remain Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, has just had legislation to extend Article 50 in a bid to avoid a no deal Brexit receive royal assent and has become law.
Cooper said that the vote should be taken as an expression by Parliament that there is no support for what she says would be a damaging no deal Brexit. Hilary Benn asked if royal assent can be obtained and it was granted. Ms Cooper tweeted: "Our cross-party Bill now has Royal Assent.
"Parliament has voted tonight against the damage and chaos that no deal would cause for jobs, manufacturing, medicine supplies, policing and security."
The Cooper-Letwin Bill hopes to delay leaving the EU past April 12 to avoid the potential repercussions of a no deal exit.
Prominent Remainer Ms Cooper promoted her bill in the Commons last week, where it finally squeezed through by just one vote.
The bill ran into trouble in the House of Lords last Thursday when opponents tried to block the measure being forced through in just one day.
Peers backed amendments to the bill aimed at promoting legal certainty and avoiding the UK "accidentally" dropping out with no deal if the European Council came back with a counter-proposal.
Another change made clear that nothing in the bill prevented the Prime Minister from "seeking or agreeing" an extension, provided it was not earlier than May 22.
More than 70 Tory MPs rebelled on each vote linked to amendments to Cooper’s legislation.
Labour Brexiteer Kate Hoey and the DUP joined forces with them.
The Tory former Brexit Secretaries, David Davis and Dominic Raab, along with the ERG chairman, Jacob Rees-Mogg, were also among those who rebelled.
In the closing stages of the vote, Labour former Cabinet minister Lord Robertson of Port Ellen said it was an historic moment.
Royal Assent is the monarch’s agreement that is required to make a bill into an Act of Parliament.
While the monarch has the right to refuse Royal Assent, nowadays this has not happened since 1707, and Royal Assent is regarded today as a formality.