UK Parliament to vote on final Brexit deal before Britain leaves EU

UK Parliament to vote on final Brexit deal before Britain leaves EU

UK Parliament to vote on final Brexit deal before Britain leaves EU

Shadow Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer said that "This is a significant climb down from a weak Government on the verge of defeat".

"This confirms that the major policy set out in the withdrawal agreement will be directly implemented into United Kingdom law by primary legislation, not by secondary legislation with the Withdrawal Bill".

Whitehall sources expect a deal to be concluded by October 2018 with the parliamentary votes to follow soon after.

Lawmakers from both main parties have been pushing for Parliament to have a greater say in the process, with some tabling amendments to government legislation that aim to prevent Britain tumbling out of the trading bloc without a deal.

Its introduction had been delayed as ministers held talks with Tory critics, and Mr Davis will hope that his concession will take the sting out of any potential rebellion.

"Clearly this is an attempt to see off amendments that go much further than David Davis on a "meaningful vote" - it is vital the EU Withdrawal Bill is amended to provide for a proper not a fake meaningful vote before any exit day".

Some lawmakers welcomed the move, but others said the change in procedure would mean that if Britain failed to negotiate a deal with the European Union, parliament would have no say, and that there would not be time for a proper chance to have sway over a deal.

However, critics pointed out that Parliament would not get a say if negotiations with Brussels ended in failure.

Further restricting lawmakers' leeway in the final stages of Brexit, the government wants to write into law the date that Britain will leave.

The Labour MP Chris Leslie, a supporter of the Open Britain group, said: "What could have been a very welcome concession by the Government instead looks like a sham that pretends to respect the sovereignty of Parliament, but falls well short of what is required".

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But it puts MPs in an invidious position. "There'd be no time!" she said.

Parliament being given power over the deal comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May remains under pressure to offer lawmakers a chance to vote on any deal about Britain's exit from the EU.

What had ministers previously proposed?

Why did they change their minds?

Former attorney-general Dominic Grieve, who brought the amendment, has revealed he and other Conservative MPs have recently been in talks with Downing Street over the legislation.

It had also been argued that withdrawal had to be enshrined in a separate Act to make it waterproof from legal challenge.

What if it was voted down? Almost 200 amendments have been tabled for the Bill.

"The people voted to leave the European Union, they should get to decide whether to accept the deal the government has negotiated".

Then there's no parliamentary vote.

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