The bill described by The Independent as a government „incision“ on Conservative rebels would have allowed MPs to review and amend each „line-by-line“ agreement.  Conservative MP Steve Baker wrote to The Times stating that the new bill „gives any agreement that we have a good reputation with the EU in British law“ and that it is compatible with the referendum result of „giving more control over how we are governed by the British Parliament.“  On July 24, 2018, the government presented a white paper on the bill and how the legislation works.  The bill was first introduced by the government at the second session stagnated on 21 October 2019 by the government, entitled „A Bill to Implement, and make other provision in connection with, the agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU under Art 50, paragraph 2 of the Treaty on European Union which sets the arrangements for the rekingdom from the EU“.  This bill was not discussed further after second reading in the House of Commons on October 22, 2019, and passed on November 6, when Parliament was dissolved in preparation for the 2019 general election. The withdrawal agreement sets out the conditions for the UK`s withdrawal from the EU, which will come into force on 31 January 2020 at 11 p.m. („day of withdrawal“). After winning a Conservative majority in the elections, the law was revised and reintroduced on 19 December, after being passed at second reading the following day. The revision of the law in December repealed the provisions adopted in previous versions of parliamentary control of the Brexit negotiations.  The bill was reintroduced immediately after the general election and was the first bill introduced in the House of Commons in the first session of the 58th Parliament with amendments to the previous bill by the re-elected government and was introduced for the first time on 19 December.
, just after the first reading of the Bill Outlawries and before the start of the debate on the Queen`s Speech, read. The second reading took place on 20 December and the third reading on 9 January 2020. A number of clauses in the previous version of the act have been removed. These include: 30.Some litigation procedures under the withdrawal agreement The government has adopted more than 600 legal instruments that are expected to make appropriate changes to UK legislation in the event of a „non-agreement“ of Brexit (i.e. when the UK left the EU without the withdrawal agreement). Many of these regulations stipulated that they would come into effect on the day or around the „withdrawal day,“ i.e. January 31, 2020. However, given that it is now clear that the UK will leave the withdrawal agreement and a transition period during which EU law will remain largely applicable, the WAA anticipates that the launch date of all these „no deal“ legal instruments will be changed at the end of the transition period (currently 31 December 2020). The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 is the legislation that enforces the withdrawal agreement in Uk law. On January 23, 2020, the law received royal approval (now law).
The October 2019 version of the legislation contained provisions that gave Parliament an important role in approving the government`s objectives for future relations with the EU. It would have required the government to make these targets public and to regularly report on progress. However, these provisions were removed in the revised post-election bill. It remains to be seen to what extent the new government will continue to follow the top-secret approach of Theresa May`s government or whether it will choose to be more open and accountable in its approach to negotiations (in line with its proposed approach to trade agreements with other countries – as mentioned here).