Government wins Brexit bill vote after concessions

13 June, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Wade Massey

The bill has also become of the focus of several attempts by MPs and peers to change parts of the government's approach to 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 called for Brexit to be delayed, and for the public to get a second referendum on the terms of any exit deal.

MPs will spend a total of 12 hours debating and voting on 14 Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill - six hours on Tuesday and six hours on Wednesday.

The European Union Withdrawal Bill, a complex piece of legislation meant to disentangle Britain from four decades of EU rules and regulations, has had a rocky ride through Parliament.

Protesters outside the UK Parliament in central London.

"We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the government's hands in the negotiations".

Dr Lee's shock departure came as Brexit Secretary David Davis warned potential Tory rebels that they can not undo the European Union referendum, ahead of a tricky 48 hours in which the Government will try to get its Brexit programme back on track.

"It's not practical, it's not desirable and it's not appropriate", Davis said.

The pound rose on Tuesday after British Prime Minister Theresa May saw off a rebellion in parliament over amendments to a bill for the country's exit from the European Union next year that had threatened to undermine her authority.

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He responded: "I think Dominic Grieve's amendment makes a no deal Brexit more, rather than less, likely".

Justice minister Phillip Lee is the first minister to resign over the government's Brexit policy.

A file photograph of justice minister Phillip Lees. Yet now, with just hours to go before the parliamentary showdown, the Prime Minister looks as though she has brought her administration back from the brink.

'They want us to deliver on Brexit and build a brighter future for Britain as we take back control of our money, our laws and our borders'.

The Lords amendment on a "meaningful vote" for MPs was defeated in the Commons by 324 to 298.

A paper laying out the UK government position, due to be published this month, has been delayed because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

Opposition Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna had earlier accused Britain's tabloids of intimidation, holding up Tuesday's edition of the eurosceptic Daily Express.

It is the legislation aimed at ensuring the United Kingdom has a smooth transition out of the EU.

Despite many Conservative MPs who backed Remain in the referendum, just two rebelled against the government on a meaningful vote.

"Parliament, don't stand against the people - implement their will!"

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