British PM Promises MPs Vote on Draft Brexit Deal
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.