Parliament will have 2019 vote on final Brexit deal, Davis offers


The move comes ahead of a pivotal week for the Government's other key Brexit legislation, with more than 400 amendments tabled to the EU Withdrawal Bill - planned to convert EU law into United Kingdom law before March 2019 - ahead of its return to the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Davis, along with Prime Minister Theresa May and most of the Conservative party's cabal of Brexiteers have resisted allowing such a final such Act of Parliament.

"It is crucial that this meaningful vote takes place well before we leave, that defeat for the Government's legislation will not imply leaving the European Union with no deal, and that Parliament has the same role in the event of a disastrous "no deal" outcome".

Mr Davis confirmed MPs and peers will be given a take-it-or-leave-it choice on the Brexit deal, as he explained if Parliament rejects a withdrawal agreement, Britain will still leave the EU.

The government said it wants an implementation period of around two years after Brexit to stop an economically damaging "cliff-edge" - but insists Britain will be fully out of the EU. However, a number of MPs on both sides of the House queried whether a vote at the very last minute would be "meaningful".

And he said there would be no withdrawal agreement bill, or vote, if London can not strike a deal with Brussels. That has only added to the sense of chaotic dithering around the Conservatives' entire approach to Brexit.

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Mr Blunt said that Britain must progress with negotiations but it will also need to prepare the possibility of a "no deal" scenario.

There will be eight hours of debate in the Commons today, including discussion of how to interpret around four decades of EU law in United Kingdom law and the status of the European Court of Justice.

Scottish National Party's foreign affairs spokesperson, Stephen Gethins, said his party had put forward an amendment to the bill that would prevent a "no deal" scenario so that the United Kingdom could remain in the European Union if negotiations fail. "I call on all parties to back this SNP reset amendment to ensure we have a safety net should negotiations fail", he said.

The Government have been warned of potential rebellions during the bill's lengthy committee stage, with Conservative backbenchers having raised concerns about the use of so-called "Henry VIII" powers.

She posted on Twitter: "Pointless if we have enshrined a drop dead date in the Bill, & get a deal at 11th hour!"