Davis of­fers new vote on any Brexit deal

‘I can now con­firm that once we’ve reached an agree­ment we will bring for­ward a spe­cific piece of pri­mary leg­is­la­tion to im­ple­ment that agree­ment,’ Brexit min­is­ter tells par­lia­ment

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LON­DON: Bri­tish Brexit min­is­ter David Davis said on Mon­day the gov­ern­ment would al­low par­lia­ment the op­por­tu­nity to de­bate, scru­ti­nise and vote on any inal Brexit agree­ment, of­fer­ing a con­ces­sion to Con­ser­va­tive Party rebels.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May is un­der pres­sure to of­fer a “mean­ing­ful vote” on any deal for Bri­tain’s de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union.

Mem­bers of her own party are will­ing to vote against the gov­ern­ment to stymie a bill which she says is needed to sever ties with the bloc.

“I can now conirm that once we’ve reached an agree­ment we will bring for­ward a speciic piece of pri­mary leg­is­la­tion to im­ple­ment that agree­ment,” Davis told par­lia­ment.

“This also means that par­lia­ment will be given time to de­bate, scru­ti­nise and vote on the inal agree­ment we strike with the Euro­pean Union. This agree­ment will only hold if par­lia­ment ap­proves it.”

May’s blue­print for Bri­tain’s exit from the EU faces a cru­cial test start­ing on Tues­day, when law­mak­ers will de­bate the EU with­drawal bill that she says is cru­cial to give com­pa­nies conidence that the rules will not change af­ter Brexit.

Law­mak­ers have pro­posed 186 pages of amend­ments to the bill, which largely “copy and paste” EU rules and reg­u­la­tions into Bri­tish law but also, crit­ics say, hand the gov­ern­ment widerang­ing pow­ers and cut par­lia­ment out of some Brexit plan­ning.

Davis said the gov­ern­ment would al­low par­lia­ment the chance to vote on a “with­drawal agree­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion bill” once it has se­cured a Brexit deal with the Euro­pean Union, which both sides aim to do by late next year.

David Davis

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