Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Brexit law faces tricky United Kingdom parliament votes

Brexit law faces tricky United Kingdom parliament votes

The results were a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government, which is determined to take the country out of the European Union next year.

Her concession to discuss the changes may mean lawmakers could have more power if she fails to secure a Brexit deal, possibly leading to a softer approach to Britain's divorce.

MPs voted by 324 to 298 to reject a House of Lords amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would have given MPs the power to tell the Prime Minister to go back and renegotiate the Brexit deal.

Conservative MPs react with fury as they accuse Theresa May of breaking her promise to give parliament a veto on a no-deal Brexit. That has potentially seismic consequences for the protracted and increasingly messy split from Brussels.

The big moments will come this afternoon - when MPs debate calls for Parliament to be given a so-called meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal - and tomorrow, when they debate the customs union. It also increases the prospect of MPs forcing a referendum on the terms of the eventual deal or even of a snap election before the end of the year.

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May survived a parliamentary challenge to her Brexit policy on Tuesday after making a significant concession to rebellious lawmakers from her own Conservative Party.

3 - If there is no agreement by February 15, 2019, the government have to bring the matter to the Commons within five days. But May's fragile minority administration faces more bumps ahead as it tries to forge an exit route while being buffeted by both sides of Britain's debate about Europe.


Crucially, ministers have conceded that if MPs vote down the Withdrawal Agreement with Brussels, that will not result in the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union with no deal - a scenario that few MPs would countenance because of the significant economic damage it would entail.

Eurosceptics urged the government to hold firm, saying the rebels were seeking to undermine the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit.

The upshot of the shift may well be as dramatic as the parliamentary procedure is incomprehensible.

A Tory rebellion on the EU Withdrawal Bill was avoided on Tuesday after a meeting between Theresa May and more than a dozen MPs.

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". "It seems to wreck their plans". First, the text needs to honour her pledge to pro-EU Tories that she'll take account of their concerns about the possibility of leaving the bloc without a deal and give Parliament more say over the process. It is then expected to bounce back to the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The government was putting a combative spin on the concessions Tuesday evening: "The Brexit Secretary has set out three tests that any new amendment has to meet - not undermining the negotiations, not changing the constitutional role of Parliament and Government in negotiating worldwide treaties, and respecting the referendum result", a spokesperson for the Brexit department said in a statement.

"I've been through this before when in opposition and now that when we're in Government, because if the House makes the concession of allowing the dialogue to continue and I can see the merit of that happening, it has got to be done in good faith". They stood down after the government promised to engage in talks on a compromise.

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