By Kieran Laird

On 13 March Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill giving the Government power to formally begin the Brexit process by notifying the European Council of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.

The Bill passed unamended, despite attempts by the House of Lords to insert provisions which sought to secure the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and a ‘meaningful’ vote for Parliament before any final deal with the EU is concluded.

So, why does Parliament appear to be struggling to craft itself a role in these negotiations and would the second amendment have been effective in securing the oversight it seeks?