Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

UK Brexit minister says parliament vote can not reverse Brexit

UK Brexit minister says parliament vote can not reverse Brexit

The House of Commons voted 324 to 298 to defeat an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill which would have removed her government's power to unilaterally walk away from talks with Brussels.

But it came at a cost - a government promise to strengthen Parliament's voice, potentially at the expense of its own power to set the terms of any final divorce deal with the EU.

But Britain - and its government - remain divided over Brexit, and European Union leaders are frustrated with what they see as a lack of firm proposals from the U.K about future relations.

In a full statement later posted on his website, Lee said his resignation was a protest against the government's attempts to limit the role of MPs in shaping what sort of Brexit Britain will have. That probably means the chances of a no-deal Brexit recede.

The government agreed to discuss elements of a rebel plan to create new checks and balances on the Brexit deal, and where possible incorporate them into the laws that will formally end Britain's European Union membership. They should find an agreement by the end of the week before the bill returns to the House of Lords.

Five Labour MPs have resigned from frontbench roles in a blow to Jeremy Corbyn over a key Brexit vote, the Labour party has announced.

Former Tory cabinet minister Dominic Grieve, who tried to broker a compromise between MPs and ministers, has warned a no-deal scenario could lead to a "national crisis". David Davis, the Brexit secretary, was reportedly close to resigning over the issue last weekend.

MPs said they were offered, in a last-minute concession, real "input" if no deal with the European Union was done by December.

UK Brexit minister says parliament vote can not reverse Brexit

In a concession, the government promised that lawmakers would have a say on what to do next if there is no agreement with the European Union, or if Parliament rejects the deal offered.

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.

"Meanwhile, the economy is weakening and industry is increasingly alarmed at the sheer ineptitude of her Government".

"That is why I will be voting for my frontbench's amendment but also the Lords' amendment too".

MPs started debating the amendments to the bill just after 1pm on June 12. It's a significant weakening of the Lords amendment, and doesn't appear to give lawmakers much sway at all.

A third part of Grieve's amendment, which the government has not agreed to discuss and is likely to resist, would hand control of the Brexit negotiations to parliament if an exit deal has not been agreed by February 15 next year.

It's highly likely that the lords will either reinstate their original amendment (or the Grieve version of their amendment), so we can expect many more conversations like this happening behind closed doors in the days to come. This is where Conservative rebels like Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry and Ken Clark are expected to make their biggest move on customs.

May said the government would amend the bill to address legislators' concerns, but warned that "I can not countenance Parliament being able to overturn the will of the British people". They have tabled clauses to keep the both the single market and customs union - measures businesses want but May has rejected in the name of reclaiming sovereignty.

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