Tabling and dating
That meant the government had a comfortable majority in the key votes tonight, defeating a Labour amendment before securing the second reading.
But hundreds of amendments could be table as the legislation goes into committee stage next month, with peers vowing 'trench warfare' to soften Theresa May's approach to Brexit.
Rebels want to water down so-called 'Henry VIII' powers that are intended to allow ministers to correct EU rules as they are copied into UK law ready for Brexit.
They were: Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley), Frank Field (Birkenhead), Kate Hoey (Vauxhall), Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North), John Mann (Bassetlaw), Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton).
Others, such as Caroline Flint (Don Valley), chose to abstain.
Her official spokesman said the Government would study amendments tabled to the legislation but had not yet reached a position.
At Cabinet today top Tories, including Scottish leader Ruth Davidson, are due to have a detailed political discussion without civil servants ahead of party conference.