Bri­tish PM Prom­ises MPs Vote on Draft Brexit Deal

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Lon­don: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May agreed on Tues­day to give Bri­tish law­mak­ers a vote on the fi­nal Brexit deal be­fore it is fi­nalised, seek­ing to fend off a re­bel­lion over a bill to start ne­go­ti­a­tions to leave the EU. May had pre­vi­ously promised a vote in par­lia­ment be­fore the deal comes into force, but con­ceded this would now take place be­fore it was con­cluded — a key de­mand from many pro-Euro­pean law­mak­ers. How­ever, her gov­ern­ment warned that in the event of par­lia­ment re­ject­ing the with­drawal terms and any deal on a new trad­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Union, Bri­tain would still leave the bloc.

“This will be a mean­ing­ful vote. It will be a choice be­tween leav­ing the Euro­pean Union with a ne­go­ti­ated deal or not,” Brexit min­is­ter David Jones told the House of Com­mons. He added: “To send the gov­ern­ment back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble would be the surest way of un­der­min­ing our ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion and de­liv­er­ing a worse deal.” Some MPs had ar­gued that par­lia­ment should be able to vote against the agree­ment and force the gov­ern­ment to seek to ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter one. May’s con­ces­sion came as MPs pre­pared to de­bate amend­ments to a bill em­pow­er­ing the prime min­is­ter to start for­mal Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions, a process she has promised to be­gin by the end of March.

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