Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Parliament to vote on Brexit deal

Parliament to vote on Brexit deal

Lawmakers from both main parties have been pushing for Parliament to have a greater say in the process, with some tabling amendments to the government's Brexit bill that aim to prevent Britain tumbling out of the trading bloc without a deal.

"This is a significant climbdown from a weak government on the verge of defeat", Starmer said.

The Conservative MP Anna Soubry asked Davis if she was right to assume MPs had no say if there was no deal.

Heidi Allen said Mr Davis's attempt at a concession was "pointless" as the Government is trying to amend the Withdrawal Bill to say Britain's membership of the European Union will formally end at 11pm GMT on March 29 2019.

His promised Bill would cover the terms of Britain's departure, as well as plans for a post-Brexit transitional deal, he told the Commons.

"Once we've reached an agreement, we will bring forward a specific piece of primary legislation to implement that agreement", David said. With less than 24 hours before they had to defend their flawed bill to parliament they have finally backed down'.

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Instead, any rejection or amendment of the Bill would mean the United Kingdom leaving the bloc without a trade deal.

However, critics pointed out that Parliament would not get a say if negotiations with Brussels ended in failure.

Chris Leslie, former shadow chancellor and leading supporter of Open Britain, said: "What could have been a very welcome concession by the government, instead looks like a sham that pretends to respect the sovereignty of parliament but falls well short of what is required".

"It's a transparent and fairly desperate attempt at the eleventh hour to save face and avoid losing votes in the House".

But it puts MPs in an invidious position. Before Remainers get the prosecco out, it's worth noting that Davis said in the event of a "no deal" scenario, MPs and peers would not have any vote as there would not be anything to have a bill based on. "There'd be no time!" she said.

The British government will offer parliament a take it or leave vote on any final European Union departure agreement, Brexit Secretary David Davis announced Monday, November 13.

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What had ministers previously proposed?

Why did they change their minds?

Whitehall sources expect a deal to be concluded by October 2018 with the parliamentary votes to follow soon after.

What if it was voted down?

"Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show", Gove said he does not believe it is time to walk away from the talks that have faltered over how much Britain will pay to leave the bloc. Tellingly, it comes as the government try to persuade Tory rebels to play ball over the EU Withdrawal Bill which returns to the House tomorrow - and this concession is aimed directly at an amendment to that nature from Dominic Grieve.

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