United Kingdom parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal

United Kingdom parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal

United Kingdom parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal

May's blueprint for Britain's exit from the European Union faces a crucial test starting on Tuesday, when lawmakers will debate the European Union withdrawal bill that she says is crucial to give companies confidence that the rules will not change after Brexit.

The government has also proposed its own amendment to the legislation - one that opponents say tie its hands in the talks.

If there's no deal at all, then Parliament won't get a vote, Davis told Parliament on Monday, prompting jeers from lawmakers.

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".

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.

The Department for Exiting the European Union said the bill would provide "clarity and certainty".

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.

Conservative MP Heidi Allen said the move was "pointless" and offered "no safeguard if no deal is reached".

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Meanwhile, former Tory constitution minister John Penrose welcomed the Government's stronger pledge on a parliamentary vote, but expressed continuing concerns over the use of so-called "Henry VIII powers" as provided by the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Labour's Chris Leslie, who supports Open Britain, called it a "sham" - arguing that it was an "eleventh hour" act to save the government from losing votes in the House of Commons.

May's minister was forced to back down fewer than 24 hours before the Commons is due to debate the EU Withdrawal bill and amid mounting pressure from Tory backbenchers and Labour.

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 is a significant climbdown from a weak government on the verge of defeat.

"For months, Labour has been calling on ministers to guarantee parliament a final say on the withdrawal agreement. However, like everything with this government the devil will be in the detail", he said.

What's more, there's no clarity on whether rejecting the bill would mean sending the government back to renegotiate or just result in the United Kingdom going for "no deal" and exiting on WTO terms. "They need to accept Labour's amendments that would ensure transitional arrangements, and protect jobs and economy from a cliff-edge".

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