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Brexit: MPs says PM must honour 'assurances' over Parliament's role

22 June, 2018, 12:31 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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"The government can not demonstrate the flexibility necessary for a successful deal if its hands are tied midway through that process", Davis said.

Theresa May's landmark Brexit legislation returns to the House of Commons on Tuesday, with the 15 amendments added to it by the upper House of Lords mostly created to keep closer ties to the European Union and give Parliament more power over the divorce process.

Parliament will also debate other amendments handed down by the House of Lords, including a challenge to the government's plan to put March 29, 2019, or "Brexit Day", into law and an attempt to toughen a commitment to ensure a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the neighbouring Irish Republic, which will remain in the EU.

Two Welsh MPs have quit their Labour party roles to rebel against leader Jeremy Corbyn in a key Brexit vote.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to bow to pressure from pro-Europe rebels in her party for a second day on Wednesday when lawmakers debate the government's plans for future customs relations with the European Union.

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".

To avoid defeat, the government promised to make its own changes to the bill to strengthen Parliament's powers.

The Labour whips - who enforce discipline in the party - instructed lawmakers Wednesday to abstain on an amendment favoring membership of the EEA.

"I absolutely trust what the Prime Minister says to us".

As time ticks by, May can no longer kick decisions down the road, increasingly under pressure from European Union negotiators to come up with detailed positions not only on customs, but also on future trade relations and governance.

One amendment in danger of not being overturned on Tuesday is on the so-called meaningful vote, which would give parliament the power to decide what to do if it rejects the final Brexit deal.

Asked on Sky News about discussions on changes proposed by senior pro-EU Tory Dominic Grieve, Conservative vice-chairman Chris Skidmore said only that they "may lead to an amendment next week".

No government would survive if it tried to dispense with Parliament's input, he said.

Mr Clarke had urged the rebels to hold their nerve, arguing on Sunday that if they succeeded they would strengthen Mrs May's hand against the Brexit hardliners in the Cabinet.

A total of 89 Labour MPs defied Corbyn in the vote on this amendment, making it the party's biggest Brexit rebellion yet.

This amendment gives Parliament control in the final stages of Brexit, preventing the government from signing a deal with the European Union that hasn't been approved by lawmakers. In a series of votes the House of Commons largely reversed changes inserted by Parliament's upper House of Lords that would have softened the terms of Brexit.

The government averted a rebellion on Tuesday over whether Parliament should have a decisive say in such a scenario.

It has also intensified pressure on a prime minister who lost her party's parliamentary majority at an ill-judged election a year ago and tested her already weakened authority.

With the Government's working majority standing at just 13 - and that is only thanks to the DUP's support - it would only take a handful of rebels to defeat May, with the vote expected at around 4pm. If and when agreement can be reached, the new amendment will be introduced in the House of Lords, when the bill returns there in the next stage of its passage through parliament.

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".

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