Brexit de­bate re­sumes af­ter MPS told they’ll get fi­nal vote

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

KEY Brexit leg­is­la­tion was to return to Par­lia­ment to­day af­ter David Davis an­nounced MPS would be given a take it or leave it vote on any with­drawal agree­ment.

The Brexit Sec­re­tary said any deal on cit­i­zens’ rights, the so-called di­vorce bill and a tran­si­tion pe­riod will only hold if MPS and peers ap­prove a new piece of leg­is­la­tion to put it into Bri­tish law.

But he con­firmed that if the pro­posed With­drawal Agree­ment and Im­ple­men­ta­tion Bill is voted down by MPS, the UK will still leave the EU on March 29 2019, with­out a deal.

The move was seen as an at­tempted con­ces­sion to Tory rebels as the sep­a­rate EU (With­drawal) Bill re­turned to the House of Com­mons to­day, with just 500 days to go un­til the sched­uled leave date.

And the value of the con­ces­sion to the Gov­ern­ment could be put to the test as MPS re­sume de­bate on the With­drawal Bill.

Crunch votes are not ex­pected this week but there could be op­por­tu­ni­ties for MPS to sig­nal their in­tent on key ar­eas of dis­agree­ment.

The de­bate re­turns to the Com­mons as Ni­cola Stur­geon was set to push for more “clar­ity” on key Brexit is­sues as she was due to meet the Prime Min­is­ter in Lon­don.

The Scot­tish First Min­is­ter was to have faceto-face talks with Theresa May – the first time the two women have met in more than six months

It comes in the mid­dle of a dead­lock be­tween Ed­in­burgh and Lon­don over cru­cial Brexit leg­is­la­tion, with Ms Stur­geon hav­ing made clear her Gov­ern­ment will not con­sent to the re­peal bill un­less changes are made.

The de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions of both Scot­land and Wales have branded the leg­is­la­tion a “power grab” as power in de­volved ar­eas is set to be re­turned from Brus­sels to Lon­don, so Uk-wide frame­works in ar­eas such as agri­cul­ture can be drawn up.

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman said: “The First Min­is­ter will be seek­ing clar­ity on a range of is­sues at this meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter, in­clud­ing Brexit and the im­pact on Scot­land of the EU With­drawal Bill.”

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