British parliament to be given vote on Brexit deal

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2017

Parliament being given power over the deal comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May remains under pressure to offer lawmakers a chance to vote on any deal about Britain's exit from the EU.

Davis said: "We have always said we will do whatever is necessary to prepare for our exit, including bringing forward further legislation, and that is exactly what we are doing. Parliament must have a say on that withdrawal agreement before we are thrown over the cliff edge".

This concession from the government will worry some Brexiteers who fear it could allow MPs to alter the terms of the deal by amending the legislation.

"This also means that parliament will be given to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final agreement we strike with the European Union".

However, the bid to head off opposition from restive lawmakers was met with criticism as MPs claimed the vote would be meaningless and give them little time to consider any eventual Brexit deal.

"This confirms that the major policy set out in the withdrawal agreement will be directly implemented into United Kingdom law as primary legislation, not by secondary legislation under the withdrawal bill".

Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie derided Davis' concession as a ploy before tomorrow's debate.

She asked Mr Davis: "Can you confirm in the event of no agreement - no deal - this place will have no say, and we will leave on that date, because it's on the face of the Bill, without any say from this supposedly sovereign Parliament which voted to take back control?"

Davis's move was seen as an attempted concession to Conservative rebels who may defy the government this week by voting against separate Brexit legislation transferring existing European Union laws to Britain.

David Davis has agreed a separate bill to deal with the transition period, thwarting Labour and would-be Tory rebels before the EU Withdrawal Bill returns to the Commons. There'd be no time!

Labour immediately welcomed a "recognition that the Government is about to lose a series of votes" on the Commons floor.

Speaking in the Commons, Conservative former minister Owen Paterson asked: "If the House of Commons votes down the new withdrawal bill, will the effect be we still leave on March 29 2019, but without an agreement?"

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said the Tories had performed a "significant climbdown" after David Davis, his opposite number in government, announced there would be a binding vote on any deal. "However, like everything with this government the devil will be in the detail", he said.

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