Friday, 17 November, 2017

United Kingdom plans for European Union exit facing more snags in Parliament

Brexit Committee Report SKYMr Benn chairs the Brexit Committee
Cecilia Poole | 08 March, 2017, 00:37

A coalition of Labour, Liberal Democrat and Tory peers is expected to inflict a second embarrassing defeat on the Prime Minister at around 5pm in an attempt to guarantee a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal.

The amendment was passed by 366 votes to 268.

"And I'm drawn to the words of Michel Barnier, and I don't think I'm taking these out of context Hilary, when, this is the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator of course, met with David Davis, the Brexit secretary in Brussels, towards the end of previous year and said: "No negotiation without notification, my work is now focused on the European Union 27".

Additionally, while the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he welcomes the amendment introduced by the Lords, he is likely to impose a three line whip requiring Labour MPs to support the government's position, even though that position runs the risk of leaving the government and opposition vulnerable to the accusation that they are deaf to the concerns of the millions of European Union citizens who live in the UK.

The key vote is due in the early evening, but timing is dependent on how many lords wish to speak in the debate.

Ministers have previously indicated that were MPs or peers to reject a deal agreed with the other 27 states or if no acceptable deal could be reached, the United Kingdom would still leave, potentially defaulting to World Trade Organisation rules on commerce. We are in effect better prepared, better informed on the needs of business and all sectors of the economy, and we have built up a better understanding of the steps that need to be taken during and through the process to secure the best outcome for the UK.

"British people have a great fighting spirit and we will fight back".

The straightforward passage of this Bill, already supported by a majority of five to one in the Commons, is the best way to achieve those aims. Further amendments are possible, but are unusual at this stage.

Mr Farron continued: "We use the system in front of us and if as a outcome that the Government finally decides to reform House of Lords, we'll take that as a win!"

If that happens the Bill will go back to the Lords in a process known as "ping pong".

This would be the second defeat to May's plan to trigger talks by March 31.

Ministers would still be constrained by the strict Article 50 timetable, however, which means that Britain will leave the European Union after two years whether it has struck a withdrawal agreement or not.

While it has been reported that the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is seeking a 60 billion Euro (£52 billion) "exit bill" from Britain, the committee said all estimates of the cost of withdrawal were "hugely speculative".

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