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UK Government Tables Brexit Amendment To Appease Pro-EU Tory MPs

[ 14 Jun 2018 17:50 ]

LONDON (Alliance News) - The Government has tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill designed to address the concerns of pro-EU Conservative backbenchers that Parliament should have a say on the final Brexit deal.

Meanwhile, it is understood Viscount Hailsham has tabled an amendment in the House of Lords along the same lines as the proposals put forward in the Commons earlier this week by former attorney general Dominic Grieve.

Mr Grieve's amendment would have given Parliament the power to dictate the next steps if the Government failed to achieve a Brexit deal by February 2019.

It was not put to a vote on Tuesday, though, after Theresa May met potential rebels to assure them of concessions.

Remain-backing Conservative backbencher Anna Soubry suggested the Government amendment may not meet the rebels' requirements.

"I understand the Govt has tabled an amendment that has not been agreed by Dominic Grieve," wrote Ms Soubry in a tweet.

"Grateful for the conversations but without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed."

The Government's amendment sets out what must happen if the Prime Minister announces before January 21 2019 that no deal has been reached with the EU either on the withdrawal agreement or the future relationship.

Under these circumstances, a minister must make a statement in Parliament within 14 days and give MPs an opportunity to vote.

However, the vote would be on "a motion in neutral terms", merely stating that the House has considered the statement.

The BBC quoted Mr Grieve as describing the amendment as "unacceptable".

"At the end of the process something was inexplicably changed, which had not been agreed," Mr Grieve is quoted as saying.

"The Government has made the motion unamendable, contrary to the usual methods of the House of Commons, and therefore it cannot be accepted."

By Press Association

source: Press Association

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