The UK and the EU have started negotiations with different perspectives on the basis of the bill. The British side regarded them as a payment for preferential access to the European single market, while the EU saw them as an obligation to allocate previous commitments to the financing of the budget cycle until the end of 2020 and its share of longer commitments. In December 2017, negotiators agreed on the scope of these commitments and the methods used to assess them. Since June 2020, no country other than the UNITED Kingdom has voted to decide whether to withdraw from the EU, political parties that criticise the Federal Union`s trend and advocate withdrawal have gained importance in several Member States since the 2014 European elections, as has the rise of UKIP in the UK. MPs tabled more than 470 amendments to the bill and one of them gave Theresa May`s government`s government its first defeat, with MPs voting 309 to 305 in favour of a legal guarantee in Parliament for a vote on the final Brexit deal with Brussels.  The government had originally proposed that the bill be a priority in the parliamentary debate on Brexit as a whole, as it would be an alternative to a vote on the deal reached during the Brexit negotiations.  However, on 13 November 2017, the Government announced that it would adopt a separate withdrawal agreement and an implementing law to separately consider an agreement resulting from the negotiations between the UNITED Kingdom and the EU if an agreement was reached, which would give Parliament a vote, but that did not prevent the amendment of the law from being adopted. After the Brexit referendum, the Scottish Government – led by the Scottish National Party (SNP) – planned another independence referendum, because Scotland voted to remain in the EU, while England and Wales voted to withdraw.  She had proposed it before the Brexit referendum.  Scotland`s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for a referendum before the UK left, but the British Prime Minister refused that date.  The Scottish Parliament has voted to hold a new independence referendum planned by Sturgeon in 2021.   At the last referendum in 2014, 55% of voters chose to remain in the UK, but the referendum on the UK`s exit from the EU took place in 2016 and 62% of Scottish voters opposed it.