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British parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal

British parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal

David Davis says the final Brexit deal will be put to Parliament as primary legislation.

It would allow MPs to examine any Brexit agreement "line-by-line", Mr Davis acknowledged, which means - crucially - that it could be amended.

Mr Davis confirmed MPs and peers will be given a take-it-or-leave-it choice on the Brexit deal, as he explained if Parliament rejects a withdrawal agreement, Britain will still leave the EU.

Ten Conservative MPs had signed an amendment insisting the promised "meaningful vote" had to take the form of standalone legislation, threatening the Government with possible defeat.

Any Brexit deal will now be subject to a separate Act of Parliament, which MPs and peers would have to approve in early 2019.

'This also means that parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final agreement we strike with the European Union.

United Kingdom lawmakers will get a take-it-or-leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal, with their choices limited to accepting the agreement or voting for a chaotic crashing out of the block.

"Once we have reached an agreement we will now bring forward a specific piece of primary legislation to implement that agreement, this will be known as the withdrawal agreement and implementation bill".

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His move came 24 hours before the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which translates European legislation into British law, returns to the Commons.

Parliamentary committees will begin scrutinising the Withdrawal Bill on Thursday.

The second reading of the bill, was voted through in September but this line-by-line stage of debate aims to pinpoint any potential problems, with some 400 amendments having been tabled.

Dominic Grieve, a former attorney general and colleague of Prime Minister Theresa May who is now opposing the government's Brexit policy, called the proposal "thoroughly stupid" as he said it would tie the government's hands in negotiations.

The decision was described as a "significant climbdown from a weak government on the verge of defeat" by Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer.

It comes over and above the undertaking the government has already made that it will give parliament a vote on the final deal as soon as possible after the deal is agreed'.

"For months, Labour has been calling on ministers to guarantee parliament a final say on the withdrawal agreement. They need to accept Labour's amendments that would ensure transitional arrangements and protect jobs and economy from a cliff edge".

But they warned that ministers had not gone far enough to reassure them over the use of sweeping powers dating back to the reign of Henry the Eighth to change the law.


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