‘Ridicu­lous’ move to set EU exit date could harm Bri­tain – Clarke

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RICHARD WHEELER AND EL­IZ­A­BETH ARNOLD

Ken­neth Clarke in­sists there must be a Com­mons vote on the Brexit deal and leg­is­la­tion.

MPs can study it line by line at com­mit­tee stage. The Bill seeks to trans­fer Euro­pean law into Bri­tish law.

Mr Davis’ Brexit day amend­ment – num­ber 381 – can be de­bated but with any vote set for the eighth and fi­nal day of the com­mit­tee stage, which will not be un­til next month at the ear­li­est.

MPs will have to wait sev­eral weeks for a vote on the most con­tentious pro­pos­als.

Mr Field, open­ing com­mit­tee stage, said: “My amend­ment de­cides on Bri­tish time when to leave, their amend­ment is at the beck­on­ing of Euro­peans.”

He added: “That’s our choice, it’s about the free­dom, a lit­tle free­dom, the be­gin­nings of free­dom that we hope will flow by ac­tu­ally set­ting us on the course of leav­ing the Euro­pean Union.”

He later ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion with the Gov­ern­ment’s strat­egy, not­ing he did not be­lieve that there was a “sense of im­por­tance

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