British Brexit Minister Offers Parliament New Vote On Brexit Deal

Michel Barnier and David Davis

GETTYDavis will remind Brussels that the UK won’t be bullied into handing over billions of pound

Moreover, he said that MPs would also have the opportunity of amending the final piece of legislation, after it is presented to parliament.

Bringing forward this bill means that parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final agreement we strike with the EU.

Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie derided Davis' concession as a ploy before tomorrow's debate.

In a bid to keep both Brexiteers and Remainers on side, Davis ended his appearance at the despatch box by describing the vote as "a meaningful vote, but not one that can undo Brexit". Asked whether Brexit would still go ahead if the bill was rejected, Davis simply said "yes" - meaning the country could leave the European Union without a deal in place, the cliff edge scenario feared by businesses across the country.

"And also offers no safeguard if no deal is reached".

Labour's Keir Starmer called it a "significant climbdown from a weak government on the verge of defeat".

"With less than 24 hours before they had to defend their flawed bill to Parliament they have finally backed down", he said.

"By announcing this bill, we are providing clarity and certainty - both in the negotiations and at home - about the final agreement being put into United Kingdom law". However, like everything with this government the devil will be in the detail.

"It's a transparent and fairly desperate attempt at the eleventh hour to save face and avoid losing votes in the House".

In practice, the legislation means that Parliament will at the end of the Brexit process have the choice to either accept the exit package negotiated by the British negotiating team or instead vote to leave the European Union with no deal. Before Remainers get the prosecco out, it's worth noting that Davis said in the event of a "no deal" scenario, MPs and peers would not have any vote as there would not be anything to have a bill based on.

"Ministers need to do much better".

Meanwhile, former Tory constitution minister John Penrose welcomed the Government's stronger pledge on a parliamentary vote, but expressed continuing concerns over the use of so-called "Henry VIII powers" as provided by the EU Withdrawal Bill. He gave no guarantee of a meaningful vote before March 29 2019 and this doesn't cover the event of there being no deal.

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