Brexit bill: Ministers expect MPs will reject changes

Mar 14, 2017, 00:32
Brexit bill: Ministers expect MPs will reject changes

It comes as the Labour Party have written a letter to the Prime Minister desperately pleading for her to accept the two Lords amendments on the rights of European Union citizens and granting parliament a "meaningful" vote.

The win for the Government came just minutes after the Lords' call for 3m European Union citizens in Britain to be given a unilateral guarantee that they can stay after Brexit was also easily defeated.

Some Conservative MPs are withholding their support for the bill and want to see assurances from the government on allowing parliament to have the final vote over the exit deal, or if May would allow the MPs to have a say what happens if talks break down.

However, there will be some back and forth involved with the Bill today as MPs debate amendments made by the Lords and then return it to the Upper House for passage.

May had pledged to trigger Article 50 by the end of March, which leaves less than three weeks to begin the Brexit process and finish it in two years.

The Brexit secretary, David Davis, told colleagues that MPs and peers had made their arguments with "passion, sincerity and conviction" but said he was disappointed by the amendments. But he added that he needed the same commitment from other countries but that they would not embark on talks before article 50 is triggered.

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Brexit Secretary David Davis urged MPs to overturn changes to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill introduced by the House of Lords, which would require Mrs May to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and to give Parliament a "meaningful" vote on the deal she secures in the two-year negotiation.

Critics predicted the start of Britain's formal exit out of the bloc could hit the pound.

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities said yesterday (12 March) that the government wanted higher education to remain "open to collaboration" after Brexit.

Six Labour rebels joined with the Conservatives to vote down both amendments. Lawmakers on Monday are slated to vote on changes sought by the House of Lords - but panned by the government.

A UK Government spokesman had earlier said: "Another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time".

The committee said requiring departments to set out plans to mitigate the risks involved in "no deal" would also strengthen the government's negotiating hand by lending credibility to its threat to walk away from the table. HSBC said: 'It seems fair to say that the message from the Remain camp in the pre-referendum period - that voting for Brexit would threaten your job and knock down the value of your house - simply has not resonated with voters.