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Showdown looms as UK lawmakers clash over May's Brexit deal

10 January 2019, 04:21 | Ross Houston

French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau in conversation with compatriot Michel Barnier the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator More

French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau in conversation with compatriot Michel Barnier the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator More

Numerous Labour MPs also came to his defence, with Labour MP Chuka Umunna tweeting: "In the Commons chamber now watching the spectacle of a bunch of Tory MPs, who argued for Brexit to reassert Parliamentary sovereignty, now objecting to the Speaker selecting a motion to be voted on that would empower the House of Commons".

Lawmakers voted 308-297 on Wednesday in favour of demanding the government come up with an alternative plan within three working days after the January 15 vote, rather than a planned 21-day limit.

Informing the House of the move, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay accepted that it would not by itself win over the Tory rebels and DUP allies who are threatening to send the Prime Minister's deal to defeat next Tuesday.

The vote came hard on the heels of Tuesday night's Commons defeat for the Government on a motion meant to limit its powers to change taxes in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

And Downing Street said it was "very surprised" by the Speaker's decision, as it had been advised the motion setting out the timeline for events was unamendable.

After heckles from the Tory benches, he added: "I'm trying to do the right thing and make the right judgments".

"If that is a choice then I say let's go on WTO rules".

In a twist, David Mundell yesterday intervened to suggest that the PM could in fact win next week's vote on her Brexit Plan but, if she did not, he raised the prospect that the same deal could be put again to MPs.

But the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said it would not support the deal unless May dropped a part known as the backstop which is aimed at preventing a hard border between the British province and EU-member Ireland if both sides fail to clinch a future trade deal.

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The Times understands that Sir Keir Starmer has told the Labour leader that with less than three months to go before leaving the European Union the party's options are limited and it has an obligation not to allow the government to run down the clock on a no-deal Brexit.

With less than three months before Britain is due to leave the European Union, parliament has begun a five-day battle over May's Brexit plan, set to culminate in a vote by MPs next Tuesday.

He added: "For many of us we will now have an unshakeable conviction that the referee of our affairs, not least because you gave your opinion and your vote on the issue of Brexit publicly, that we will have an unshakeable conviction that the referee is no longer neutral".

"I actually genuinely think we can´t do it on March 29 this year". However, pro-European Tories and opposition MPs backed the Speaker's decision.

Theresa May has said repeatedly that her Government has no plans to extend Article 50.

May's spokesperson said the government's advice was that Parliament could not change its so-called business motion which set out the procedure for the Brexit vote, but played down the impact of the vote for its overall plans.

The EU Withdrawal Act states that the Government must a statement of intent within 21 days of a defeat, meaning Mr Grieve's victory has sped up the timetable and hacked into the time available to Mrs May to secure concessions from Brussels before MPs vote again. "I've been in contact with European leaders...about MPs' (members of parliament) concerns".

"We're all focused in the government on winning parliamentary support in the vote that's coming up next week", he told reporters as he arrived at the meeting in Brussels.



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