Brexit Bill clears Parliament after May heads off backbench revolt

23 June, 2018, 20:30 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Pro-remain supporters wave EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster London Britain

The UK government went back on an agreement reached with May last week when he supported the government in the House of Commons, Grieve said.

The government's Brexit bill has passed through Parliament after Theresa May saw off a revolt by Tory MPs.

She stated that the passing of the Bill was "an important step in delivering the Brexit people voted for", as stated by the BBC.

"Whatever we were told during the Referendum, you can't simply unravel 43 years of membership of the European Union in a year or two and getting a new trading deal is far from the "simplest" of matters as we were assured".

With both sides claiming victory, it is not always easy to establish who or if there was a clear victor; ultimately, however, Mrs May kept the core of the Brexit Bill the same.

What the Tory rebels wanted was assurance that, if the final negotiations fall apart and the government walks away with no deal, MPs would then be given a vote on what we do next.

Winning the vote is a huge relief for the prime minister, who has struggled to maintain her authority over a deeply divided government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May won a crucial vote in the House of Commons Wednesday when MPs rejected a call by a former government official to give parliament a meaningful vote on a Brexit deal with Europe.

Peers approved the government's proposal without a vote.

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A senior Tory source said: "The chief whip has been writing to local associations telling members to put pressure on their MPs not to vote against the Government on Brexit".

Mr Grieve said on Tuesday that he still hoped it would be possible to come to a "sensible compromise" that would address the concerns of both sides.

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.

The Brexiteer camp say this vote is actually a bid to reverse our departure from the European Union, as it could give parliament the power to force the government to revoke Article 50, pulling the plug on the entire Brexit project.

He said he received an "obvious acknowledgement" of the sovereignty of Parliament and was "prepared to accept the government's difficulty and support it".

Victims of abuse have laid some of the blame at Britain's rightwing newspapers, which have dubbed anyone challenging the Brexit process "Enemies of the People" or "Mutineers".

This vote would be on a "neutral motion", however, meaning it would not be open to any amendments that might force the government into a course of action.

But the vote may be a taste of what is to come for May.

Before the Commons vote, Dominic Grieve, leader of the would-be rebels - who wanted to ensure MPs had the power to stop the United Kingdom leaving without a deal - said the "sovereignty of Parliament" had been acknowledged.

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