Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

May defeats final Brexit blueprint challenges in parliament

May defeats final Brexit blueprint challenges in parliament

A Tory Remain rebel has warned Theresa May that "if she f**ks us, she's f**ked, ' after Conservative MPs were given assurances by the prime minister that a compromise Brexit amendment to the 'meaningful vote" will be upheld. The proposed legislation will be sent back to peers on Monday.

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 global treaties, and respecting the referendum result", a spokesperson for the Brexit department said in a statement.

May hopes to resolve the border issue with a wider trade deal between the European Union and Britain, but has agreed to the need for a plan B if this is delayed or does not happen.

Caroline Flint, Labour MP for, argued against both EEA proposals, saying "there has to be an end to freedom of movement" when Brexit comes into force.

A recent YouGov poll found that three quarters (75%) of those who expressed a view said they'd be concerned to be left with fewer rights after Brexit.

Junior Labour frontbenchers Laura Smith, Ged Killen, Ellie Reeves, Tonia Antoniazzi and Anna McMorrin stepped down from their roles on Wednesday night.

"We are walking on a tightrope at the moment, we campaigned for remain but many of our MPs, including myself, now represent seats which voted heavily leave", John McDonnell, the party's economy spokesman and Corbyn's right-hand man said at an event in London on Wednesday.

That amendment would compel the Government to prioritise the EEA deal, known as the Norway Model.

"I bet you a pint, he will not allow to stand in the next general election".


Well the last forty eight hours in Westminster may give weight to that.

Earlier, Labour failed in an attempt to amend the bill with their own alternative motion to guarantee "full access" to European markets after Brexit from outside the EEA.

As Ken Clarke told MPs during today's debate on the bill in the Commons:

"Effectively we are going to reproduce the customs union and the single market and the government will not be able to comply with yesterday's legal obligation unless it does so."

Bruce Crawford, the convener of Holyrood's Constitution Committee, has now called for the Scottish Secretary to come before MSPs "as a matter of urgency" in the wake of Tuesday's vote in the commons.

Brexit Secretary David Davis' decision to include the provision in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill has also made the maximum facilitation or "max fac" option - which would see new technology used to deal with cross-border trade - "unlawful".

Ministers saw off a move to give MPs the decisive say on what happens over Brexit if they do not agree with the deal negotiated by the United Kingdom government.

The Conservatives said the resignations showed that Mr Corbyn "can't lead his own party let alone our country through complex Brexit negotiations", while Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable accused him of being "completely defunct as an Opposition Leader".

In the end, parliament accepted that proposal.

The British government needs to move on from internal debates and make choices about what it wants from Brexit, and must acknowledge that it can not have its cake and eat it, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

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