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DUP votes not needed as EU Repeal Bill passes by 36 majority in House of Commons

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said the only question was whether the bill would `deliver the will of the people'. Picture by Matt Bohill

THE rebellion of seven Labour MPs and a show of unity by the Conservative Party meant DUP votes were not needed to secure victory for the British government on the EU repeal bill in the House of Commons.

All 10 members of the pro-Brexit party, which has a pact to back the Tories in key Commons votes, voted in favour of the bill which moves existing EU laws on to the UK statue book.

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said the only question was whether the bill would "deliver the will of the people".

"What is rather ironic is that they go on say how undemocratic this bill is," he said of its opponents.

"Yet they are quite happy to stay in the EU where we can have directives and other laws without any reference to this House."

The government argues it will to give businesses and citizens certainty for when Britain leaves the bloc.

However, opponents argue that it includes loopholes which would allow ministers to tinker with laws without the full scrutiny of parliament using `Henry VIII' powers.

North Down MP Sylvia Hermon, who stated she would not support the bill "unless it is heavily amended", duly voted against it.

She remains convinced it is a "bad piece of legislation".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has denounced it as "a power grab by the government at the expense of our democratically elected parliament".

However, seven of Labours most Eurosceptic MPs defied his attempt to sink the bill by backing the government.

While Conservative `big beast' Ken Clarke abstained from the vote, Pro-Remain Tory Anna Soubry backed it, among a coterie of Europhiles within the part who chose not to pick a fight with Prime Minister Theresa May at this stage of the parliamentary process.

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