Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

British Brexit Minister Offers Parliament New Vote On Brexit Deal

British Brexit Minister Offers Parliament New Vote On Brexit Deal

But the Brexit Secretary David Davis also confirmed that if MPs vote against that bill, Britain would leave without any deal at all.

Heidi Allen said Mr Davis's attempt at a concession was "pointless" as the Government is trying to amend the Withdrawal Bill to say Britain's membership of the European Union will formally end at 11pm GMT on March 29 2019.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said a parliamentary vote "simply isn't good enough" as he repeated his party's call for a second European Union referendum on the terms of a Brexit deal.

In response, Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden, who sits on the cross-party Brexit Select Committee, said the decision had been made "in the face of impending parliamentary defeat" over the bill. Even if time is on the government's side, there are also so many different parties involved in achieving the final deal that it seems unlikely Parliament could just keep sending Davis back to Brussels until he got is just right.

But the Government's beefed-up promise for a parliamentary vote did not dispel concerns surrounding the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Davis stressed that the exact details of the withdrawal agreement were subject to ongoing and future negotiations and "cannot be known until those negotiations are near completion".

"I can now confirm that once we've reached an agreement we will bring forward a specific piece of primary legislation to implement that agreement, as we know as the withdrawal agreement and implementation bill".

Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives rely on support from Northern Irish unionists for a narrow majority in parliament.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Monday that "time is very short" ahead of the summit - so "it is understandable that chief negotiator Barnier is underlining how necessary immediate action and immediate proposals by Britain are".

"And also offers no safeguard if no deal is reached".

Antoinette Sandbach told the Press Association: "The announcement is meaningless if, for any reason, the timetable slips beyond March 2019".

He said the bill must be amended "to provide for a proper, not a fake, meaningful vote before any exit day".

"This is a post hoc, after-the-horse-has-bolted piece of legislation", he said.

The EU refuses to discuss future trade links before there is agreement on the terms of the U.K.'s withdrawal, including how much Britain will pay to meet its financial commitments to the bloc.

MPs will be given a take it or leave it vote on any Brexit deal covering citizens rights, the so-called divorce bill and a transition period, David Davis has announced.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer said that "This is a significant climb down from a weak Government on the verge of defeat. They have finally backed down", he said.

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