Thursday, 21 June, 2018

In Brexit showdown, British PM May faces challenge over 'meaningful vote'

Theresa May addresses the final news conference of the G7 summit in Quebec Canada UK Labour MPs Worried by Govt's EEA Deal With EU - Frontbencher
Sammy Stanley | 12 June, 2018, 14:41

This afternoon, Parliament will vote on whether to give MPs a decisive say on any final deal struck with the European Union, as part of a series of amendments made to the bill by the House of Lords.

In a tweet this morning, he said, "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".

Among the 14 amendments to the Bill - set to be voted on by MPs on Tuesday and Wednesday - are changes which would see the United Kingdom stay in the Single Market and would allow Parliament to dictate future negotiating terms.

It followed a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee this evening ahead of a series of crunch Commons votes in which Mrs May told MPs to consider the signal that would be sent to Brussels if the government was defeated.

Labour and Conservative MPs are bitterly split over Prime Minister Theresa May's desire to keep Britain in the European Economic Area.

The government says that would undermine its negotiating position in talks to leave the bloc and Brexit minister David Davis warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to reverse Brexit.

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The contest at times resembled a pantomine with Fury gurning and throwing his arms into the air through much of the opening round. The usual trash talk that accompanies boxing has been nowhere to be seen.

There are two amendments that could prove particularly tough for the government to overturn.

Depriving parliament of a vote on the withdrawal deal 'would be something we would rightly criticised if it happened elsewhere, ' Lee said.

The Government is against the plan, believing it sends the wrong message to Brussels regarding the UK's negotiating goals.

The speech will come on the eve of two days of debates and voting on amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which is scheduled to last 12 hours.

A junior British justice minister said on Tuesday he will resign and will vote with pro-European Union rebels who want parliament to have the power to force the government to go back to the negotiating table if they reject a Brexit deal.

"The main reason for my taking this decision now is the Brexit process and the Government's wish to limit Parliament's role in contributing to the final outcome in a vote that takes place today", he said.

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