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Labour attacks Brexit date 'gimmick' as MPs begin scrutiny

Several Tory MPs have joined Labour in demanding Theresa May withdraw a key Brexit legislation amendment to set the exact time of EU departure in law.Ministers say being "crystal clear" about when the UK will leave on 29 March 2019 will give maximum certainty.But ex-chancellor Ken Clarke said the move was "silly" while Dominic Grieve said it would "fetter" ministers' hands if talks dragged on to the last minute. Labour has branded it a "gimmick" and said it will vote against it.The row came as MPs began debating the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in depth for the first time, a crucial piece of legislation paving the way for the UK's withdrawal by essentially copying all EU law into UK law.Tuesday's marathon eight-hour debate is t ...