>> British law makers vote on the European Union withdrawal bill on Monday night. Key legislation to convert thousands of current EU regulations into UK law when the country exits the block in 2019.>> We are going to make our decisions and our own laws.>> And it could be a nerve racking evening for British Prime Minster Theresa May.
As the vote could be tight as Reuter's Wil James explains.>> The Government's taken some serious criticism already on this so far. Both from conservative law makers in Theresa May's own party and the opposition labor party. They're being accused of trying to seize powers to change legislation without consulting parliament.
And if anything's gonna get Parliament's backup it's taking responsibility away from that.>> After losing her Parliamentary majority in June, the British PM now relies on Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist party to help pass legislation. But Brexit doesn't split lawmakers neatly along party lines. Most opposition labor party lawmakers will vote against the bill, unhappy that it largely copies and pastes EU law into British legislation without much chance for scrutiny, but not all.
And while there are potential pro EU rebels in May's own conservative party, they've indicated that they'll back the withdrawal bill on this occasion. Further putting the political mathematics in May's favor.>> Seems like the government has already struck some kind of deal with a potential rebels within it's party to soften the form of words that's going to be used, giving them the assurances they need to vote this through.
>> The ayes have it.>> If the bill does pass this stage, those pro EU rebels could still raise objections at the next stage. When the bill is subjected to line by line scrutiny. If the bill stumbles at this first hurdle, then it's a major blow to Theresa May, who's faced repeated questions over how long she's likely to last in her job.