Theresa May wins Brexit battle, but faces challenges to come

by Abel Hampton June 24, 2018, 14:09
Theresa May wins Brexit battle, but faces challenges to come

There will now be another vote on Wednesday after the Lords backed an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, tabled by Viscount Hailsham, which would require the Government to allow MPs to vote on how it would proceed in the absence of a Brexit deal by January 21 next year.

After pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve said he would support the government's proposal for a "meaningful vote" for parliament on any Brexit deal, a potential rebellion that could have further undermined May's authority looked to have been quashed.

The government's proposal was passed through without a vote.

Sterling rose slightly against the dollar after Grieve backed away from a confrontation over May's proposal for the role of parliament if she fails to negotiate an exit agreement with the European Union or if lawmakers reject any deal she returns with from Brussels.

Theresa May has welcomed the passing of the Brexit bill through Parliament as "a crucial step" in delivering a "smooth and orderly Brexit".

Leadsom told the Commons on Thursday she was "particularly sorry" that Shah "was forced to come and vote here while she was unwell" but then provoked anger from Labour MPs in the chamber because she sought to shift some of the blame to the opposition party.

Theresa May managed to avoid a historic defeat on the vote by offering a compromise to anti-Brexit rebels.

Crucially, the motion will be unamendable, meaning MPs can not insert a requirement for Mrs May to go back to the negotiating table, extend the Brexit transition or revoke the UK's withdrawal under Article 50.

MPs in the House of Commons voted to reject a motion that would have strengthened the power of lawmakers to intervene if no deal is reached with Brussels before Brexit in March 2019.

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Mr Davis's statement also mentioned MPs being able to table their own motions and have votes on them. To cries of "shame" from the Labour benches, Mr Grieve admitted ministers had not given significant ground, but said he had secured a way for the House to make its view on a Brexit deal "clear".

Francis Elliot, the political editor of The Times, reported seeing a sick MP being helped out of a vehicle and into the Houses of Parliament in order to take part in the vote.

Parliament or Government? The law and Commons rules might be on United Kingdom ministers' side but popular politics might be otherwise.

But the party labelled the compromise on a so-called "meaningful vote" meaningless, arguing it could not bind ministers' hands because negotiations would be over by the time MPs were voting. "If we have no deal at the end it is a very serious crisis", he said.

He said he received an "obvious acknowledgement" of the sovereignty of Parliament and was "prepared to accept the government's difficulty and support it". Other rebels have also reportedly, "called off the revolt", including former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan.


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