UK government accepts plan-B demand if May's deal is rejected

11 January, 2019, 10:14 | Author: Angel Logan
  • French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau in conversation with compatriot Michel Barnier the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator More

On Thursday it emerged that the government is considering backing an amendment from Labour Leave supporter John Mann, giving extra protections to workers and the environment, in a bid to win support.

Crucially, MPs will be able to make and vote on amendments to this Brexit Plan B, opening the door for a second referendum to be put to the Commons.

So if May came back with an alternative plan, that could be amended by MPs, giving parliament far more scope in setting the direction.

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered another setback to her Brexit withdrawal deal Tuesday as members of her own Conservative Party joined opposition Labour Party MPs in favor of a vote to curb the government's spending powers if Britain fails to secure an agreement deal on its departure from the European Union.

"We would seek to provide certainty, quickly", a government spokesman said, speaking to journalists after prime minister's questions.

"A government that can not get its business through the House of Commons is no government at all".

He said: "What is important now is to say that we should not take any stances which could damage or endanger any chance of putting the deal on and having it passed through the House of Commons and working in a way to put it back on track on what was supposed to be the timetable for the 29th of March".

European Union budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger said that without this, "we would be short a figure in the billions of euros for the rest of the year and a higher figure for 2020".

Following PMQs, many MPs raised Points of Order. In a febrile Commons chamber, some Tories shouted "pathetic" and "ridiculous" as Bercow spoke, though the Speaker was backed by roars of approval from Labour MPs.

However, Number 10 said there would "only be 90 minutes of debate on the motion" and that "only one amendment could be selected".

But the Speaker brushed her request aside, saying advice was given to him "privately and that's absolutely proper".

"I have said in public and in discussions that to establish what Parliament wants and what Parliament supports can be a useful step", he said.

Later, the former Tory minister Crispin Blunt said many MPs had come to the conclusion the "referee is no longer neutral" and urged Mr Bercow to "reflect" on his position.

He made clear that Japanese companies, who employ more than 150,000 people in the United Kingdom, valued the legal stability offered by the transition period included in the Brexit deal agreed by Mrs May with Brussels.

She also told the House of Commons: "It was just brought to my attention details of a threat that I've just received calling me a traitor who should be hung for treason".

Earlier Grieve said the change was sensible given the time pressures.

While 70% of MPs from all parties were critical of the May government's handling of the Brexit negotiations, none of the obvious alternatives to her deal agreed with European Union leaders in November were palatable to them either.

"I disagree with that, and so I think do the vast majority of Members of Parliament".

"We truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided and in fact, that is the whole wish of the whole world", Abe said at a press conference in Downing Street.

Opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday that a national election took priority over a new referendum on Brexit. Nonetheless, he has over the past ten years proved himself a defender of the rights of parliament to hold the government to account.

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