Monday, 18 June, 2018

May survives fresh Brexit vote but rebels up the pressure

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Jeannette Daniel | 14 June, 2018, 14:53

Around a dozen Tory Remainers said that May had promised them that the government would accept two parts of the amendment by Grieve, a former attorney general: a vote on the final deal and a statement from ministers to seek approval from parliament for the next steps if no deal is reached by November 30 of this year.

Traders will stay tuned into Brexit noise where the UK Prime Minister faces a series of challenging parliamentary votes on her plan to leave the customs union and single market after Brexit, but it will soon be time for the European Central Bank and FOMC.

Brexit Secretary David Davis' decision to include the provision in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill has also made the maximum facilitation or "max fac" option - which would see new technology used to deal with cross-border trade - "unlawful".

But while ministers must be accountable to lawmakers, she told MPs that "the government's hand in negotiations can not be tied by Parliament".

So dizzying and confused is the news coming out of the UK about how the EU-UK relationship could and should work after Brexit, that EU negotiators say they are forced to stand on the sidelines while the British government talks and argues with itself.

Labour split three ways as the Commons debated a Lords amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill calling for EEA membership to remain on the negotiating table.

This group of pro-EU Tory MPs - including Anna Soubry, Ken Clarke and the amendment's author, Dominic Grieve - have warned May that failure to deliver on her promise of greater powers for MPs to shape Brexit would force them to defeat her on this issue in a few weeks' time. Then her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, was recorded saying there could be a Brexit meltdown.

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"The government can not demonstrate the flexibility necessary for a successful deal if its hands are tied midway through that process", Davis said. Jeremy Corbyn's opposition Labour is in a similar bind.

MPs also voted late Wednesday to overturn a Lords amendment on maintaining access to the single market through the European Economic Area (EEA).

After days of frantic lobbying by Conservative officials to try to get the party on board, May renewed appeals for unity over the "meaningful vote", after the government appeared to have secured a compromise to stop a similar rebellion on Wednesday over Britain's trading ties with the EU.

MPs have won a concession from the Government over the future of the Irish border, ensuring there will be no physical "checks and controls" after Brexit. However, the party is divided on the issue, with a total of 89 Labour MPs choosing to defy Corbyn.

Mr Killen, who is the member of parliament for Hamilton and Rutherglen West, resigned from his position as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith. He added: "I understand the difficulties MPs representing constituencies which voted strongly for Leave or Remain have on the EEA amendment".

Tory MP and former education secretary Justine Greening, who supported Remain in the European Union referendum, told Sky News in response: "I think what we all need to recognise is that the positions people are taking on Brexit are genuine and passionately held - and should be respected".

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