MPs will get to vote on final terms of Brexit deal

MPs will get to vote on final terms of Brexit deal

MPs will get to vote on final terms of Brexit deal

Brexit Secretary David Davis unveiled plans for the UK's divorce deal to be written into law, meaning both MPs and peers will be afforded a vote on the agreement between London and Brussels.

MPs will have their first chance to scrutinise the EU Withdrawal Bill, which would formally end Britain's membership of the European Union and transfer four decades of EU legislation into United Kingdom law.

"This agreement will only hold if Parliament approves it".

Labour MP Chuka Umunna, co-chair of the cross-party parliamentary group on European Union relations, said the move was "totally insufficient" and gave "no guarantee of a meaningful vote".

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.

The Brexit deal will form a specific Act of Parliament, to be voted on by the Houses of Commons and Lords in early 2019.

The government said it would ensure legal certainty when Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Backed by Plaid Cymru and the SNP, the proposed amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill would have forced Theresa May to win the consent of the UK's devolved administrations before repealing EU legislation.


The Brexit date of March 29, 2019 is also set to be enshrined in law as part of the withdrawal bill, in a move announced by May last week.

On Tuesday, prominent Remain-supporting Tories also criticised an amendment tabled by the Government itself, which would include an European Union exit date of 11pm on 29 March, 2019 within the legislation.

"Clearly this is an attempt to see off amendments that go much further than David Davis on a "meaningful vote" - it is vital the EU Withdrawal Bill is amended to provide for a proper not a fake meaningful vote before any exit day", he added.

And he said there would be no withdrawal agreement bill, or vote, if London can not strike a deal with Brussels.

"For months, Labour has been calling on ministers to guarantee parliament a final say on the withdrawal agreement".

However, the bid to head off opposition from restive lawmakers was met with criticism as MPs claimed the vote would be meaningless and give them little time to consider any eventual Brexit deal.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer branded Mr Davis's actions "a significant climbdown from a weak Government on the verge of defeat".

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