Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Government compromise on 'meaningful vote' avoids Brexit defeat

Government compromise on 'meaningful vote' avoids Brexit defeat

Parliament will vote Tuesday on a key piece of legislation, the E.U. Withdrawal bill, that would transfer European Union laws now on British books into British law after Brexit.

The issue of a "meaningful vote" is set to be a flashpoint in the Commons, with ministers seeking to overturn a Lords amendment which would give Parliament extensive powers to direct ministers how to proceed if a deal with Brussels is rejected by MPs or no deal is reached.

He had instructed his MPs to abstain over a call for a Norway-style agreement under which Britain would remain in the single market by joining the European Economic Area (EEA). For others, it was only a commitment to continue to discuss the issue as the new amendment agreed by the commons goes back to the lords.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, and the bloc is frustrated with what it sees as a lack of firm proposals from the U.K about future relations.

In an attempt to prevent a rebellion over the meaningful vote, the government proposed its own amendment saying that if the deal is voted down, it must make a statement within 28 days setting out how it intends to proceed. Part B said that if no deal with the European Union was reached by 30 November 2018, the government would have to come to parliament and explain exactly what would happen next.

On Tuesday morning, David Davies told the BBC that the parliament should not have the right to "reverse Brexit", maintaining that the government alone should have the prerogative to interpret the referendum vote. With the compromise, May has now got more time to hammer out an agreed position on trade with her ministers.

Grieve's proposal also suggested if no deal was reached by February 15, the government would be required to allow the House of Commons to set the terms of the deal.

Of the 15 amendments introduced by the Lords to the bill, the government's main opposition, the Labour Party is backing 14.

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Believe me, in Westminster, there is a very very big difference between the promise of more serious chat about something with the possibility of a change - and a promise actually to do something different, especially if it is made by the occupant of Number 10.

Soon after, Mr Buckland intervened on Mr Grieve to suggest talks over a compromise deal.

He claimed the PM had delayed the transition from December 2020 until December 2021, something Mrs May dismissed as "quite wrong" as she said the backstop arrangement would come into force if it is not possible to put future customs arrangement in place by January 1 2021.

Another Conservative Remainer, former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan, denied that the rebels had been "played" by the Prime Minister.

I am incredibly sad to have had to announce my resignation as a minister in Her Majesty's Government so that I can better speak up for my constituents and country over how Brexit is now being delivered'. "It was the prime minister who I sat in front of this afternoon and who gave us those assurances".

While promising "further discussions", he said he was concerned that empowering Parliament to "instruct" ministers what to do in the event of no deal would leave the United Kingdom in "very rocky constitutional territory".

She added: "I will be pressing to ensure that we maintain sanctions against Russian Federation because the Minsk agreements have not been put in place, and indeed I think there are some areas where we can be enhancing that sanctions regime".

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