DUP to back Theresa May over Brexit amendments

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

In the last few days Remainers have been playing down the chances of a government defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill, as they keep their powder dry for the forthcoming Trade and Customs Bills.

The major last-minute concession by ministers means the government avoids defeat by 324 to 298.

However, despite backing down, pro-Remain Tories signalled they would not be easily consoled by a compromise offered by ministers.

But pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve said that with the government's move "I am quite satisfied that we are going to get a meaningful vote on both "deal" and "no deal" scenarios.

Meanwhile, the government did support a Northern Ireland amendment proposed by Lord Patten calling for north/south co-operation to be preserved and to prevent physical infrastructure on the border including checks and controls.

"It would be the end of the Conservative party if they succeed", he said.

"That term, Mr Speaker, is actually specifically defined in the Belfast Agreement and I've no doubt that government ministers will have read the Belfast Agreement in its entirety", she said.

The Government is against the plan, believing it sends the wrong message to Brussels regarding the UK's negotiating goals.

"It's a really interesting point - we had no time to discuss it".

MPs are due to debate 14 amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill made by the House of Lords. She had nearly lost a general election she never needed to call, squandering her Conservative Party's overall majority and forcing her to rely on the support of the smaller Democratic Unionist Party.

If the government fails to pass the bill as it is, it will be forced to change what it asks for in negotiations with the European Union -undermining May's position and possibly threatening her job as Prime Minister.

Two years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and eight months before it's due to leave on March 29, 2019, the bloc is frustrated with what it sees as a lack of firm proposals from the United Kingdom about future relations.

- After a rollercoaster week of Brexit rows within her government and with Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday seek to avoid another setback in a long-awaited showdown with parliament.

What is the EU Withdrawal Bill?

Lee said that within government he "found it virtually impossible to help bring sufficient change to the course on which we are bound".

They also voted to disagree with Lords amendment 37, which was part of an attempt to remove the exit day from the Bill and allow the Commons to rethink its approach.

Leading Conservative rebels welcomed the "important concessions" by the government, but insisted that ministers must follow through on their concession or face a defeat when the bill returns to the House of Commons later this month.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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