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