Fi­nal vote for MPs on Brexit pledged by prime min­is­ter

Pol­i­tics: May urges pro-EU rebels not to block bill

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW WOOD­COCK

Theresa May has said that par­lia­ment can­not be al­lowed to “over­turn the will of the British peo­ple” on Brexit.

The prime min­is­ter was speak­ing as she con­firmed that the govern­ment will table a new amend­ment to her EU With­drawal Bill, set­ting out in more de­tail the terms of the “mean­ing­ful vote” promised to MPs on the fi­nal Brexit deal.

Mrs May saw off a threat­ened de­feat on the is­sue in the Com­mons on Tues­day by as­sur­ing would-be rebels per­son­ally that she would take their con­cerns on board.

But pro-EU Tories re­main ready to rebel if their de­mands are not sat­is­fied by the com­pro­mise amend­ment, ex­pected to be tabled to­day.

Speak­ing at prime min­is­ter’s ques­tions in the Com­mons, Mrs May said: “We have seen con­cerns raised about the role of par­lia­ment in re­la­tion to the Brexit process.

“What I agreed yes­ter­day is that as the bill goes back to the Lords we would have fur­ther dis­cus­sions with col­leagues over those con­cerns.”

Mrs May said her ap­proach would be guided by the prin­ci­ple that “the govern­ment’s hand in ne­go­ti­a­tions can­not be tied by par­lia­ment, but we need to be ac­count­able to par­lia­ment”.

M r s M a y w a s re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Con­ser­va­tive archBrex­i­teer Ja­cob Rees-Mogg, who said it was vi­tal that any amend­ment pre­served the sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the roles of govern­ment and par­lia­ment.

Po­ten­tial Tory rebels held back from a threat­ened re­volt on Tues­day after a face-to-face meet­ing in which the prime min­is­ter was said to have of­fer “per­sonal as­sur­ances” on con­ces­sions.

Min­utes later, all but two of the Tory MPs voted with the govern­ment to re­ject a Lords amend­ment that would have given par­lia­ment the power to tell the PM to go back and rene­go­ti­ate the Brexit deal.

And se­nior pro-EU Tory Do­minic Grieve with­drew his own amend­ment, which would have given MPs pow­ers to dic­tate what the govern­ment should do if no ac­cept­able agree­ment is reached by Fe­bru­ary 2019.

Down­ing Street was tight-lipped on the de­tails of the pro­posed amend­ment, which was the sub­ject of be­hindthe-scenes dis­cus­sions yes­ter­day.

Mr Grieve warned that if the govern­ment failed to of­fer an ad­e­quate com­pro­mise, it would not be “the end of the mat­ter”.

No govern­ment would sur­vive if it tried to dis­pense with par­lia­ment’s in­put, he said.

“Fur­ther dis­cus­sions with col­leagues over those con­cerns”

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