Tory battles ahead as MPs return for Brexit Bill debates

Casey Dawson
September 7, 2017

Parliament will begin debating the European Union withdrawal bill on Thursday and there will be a vote on Monday, testing Prime Minister Theresa May's Commons majority.

A handful of Labour rebels could vote with the government, but the Scottish National party and Liberal Democrats also plan to vote against the bill after tabling amendments setting out their reasons for opposing it.

LABOUR is to vote against the Brexit repeal Bill at its second reading this week to prevent ministers being able to "grab power from Parliament" to change laws without scrutiny. But for us to grasp the great prize ahead of us, that contribution must fit with our shared aim: "to help Britain make a success of Brexit and become that great global country we know we can be", she said.

But the tactic risked a backlash among Remain-supporting Tories and could increase disquiet over Theresa May's leadership style.

"It amounts to a trouncing of democracy and people will not accept it".

Treasury Select Committee chair Nicky Morgan added: "When people voted to take back control, I believe they wanted control to come back to a sovereign parliament at Westminster, not to an all-powerful government in Whitehall". "It will all backfire on them".

Brexit Secretary David Davis faces a grilling in the Commons today following months of negotiations which the European Union claims has failed to deliver "decisive" progress on key issues.

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Critics argue the powers it gives to ministers are too wide-ranging, while MPs of all parties are also hoping to use the Bill as a vehicle for watering down Mrs May's Brexit strategy.

Meanwhile Number 10 sources rejected as "not true" a Sunday Times report that Mrs May was preparing to approve a Brexit divorce bill of up to £50 billion after the Tory conference in October.

They will target areas such as trying to stay in the single market during at least the transitional period, securing a guarantee for the rights of European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom, and watering down the ability of ministers to change primary legislation through secondary legislation - a practice known as exercising Henry VIII powers.

Nick Herbert: A former minister who has condemned "Brexit fundamentalism".

The party said it could not support the bill in its current form because it would "let government ministers grab powers from parliament to slash people's rights at work and reduce protection for consumers and the environment".

"Ministers have already said they don't want this bill to be a "power grab", so I'm sure they will listen and bring forward their own changes as the bill goes through Parliament".

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