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MPs told they WILL get vote on final Brexit deal but WON’T be able to block EU exit

BREXIT SECRETARY David Davis today told MPs they will get a vote on a final Brexit deal but WON’T be able to block Britain’s EU exit.

The Cabinet minister insisted it was “inconceivable” the House of Commons would not get a say on Britain’s EU exit agreement.As MPs debated whether Theresa May should be forced to outline her Brexit strategy before Article 50 negotiations, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer asked Mr Davis to confirm if there will be a parliamentary vote on the final deal.

Mr Davis said: “All I can say is what I have said before which is that is what I expect, simple as that.”

When pushed by Labour former frontbencher Chris Bryant to guarantee a vote, Mr Davis said: “If the EU Parliament has a vote, it’s inconceivable this House doesn’t, simple as that.”

But, Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg asked Mr Davis to confirm whether such a vote would be “merely on the deal” and “could not reverse the fact we have left the EU”.

Mr Davis said: “That is entirely correct.”

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David Davis told MPs they will get a vote on a final Brexit deal


The exchanges came as the House of Commons this afternoon debated a Labour motion calling on the Prime Minister “to commit to publishing the Government’s plan for leaving the EU before Article 50 is invoked”.Amid the threat of a revolt by pro-EU Tory MPs, the Government yesterday agreed to accept Labour’s motion but will add an amendment challenging MPs to back Mrs May’s intention to trigger Article 50 by the end of March next year.

MPs have been told voting against the Government amendment they will be “seeking to thwart” the outcome of the EU referendum.

Although Labour will back the Prime Minister’s amendment, the Liberal Democrats will vote against the Government as part of their bid for a second Brexit vote.

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Tory MP Crispin Blunt was rebuked by Labour for comparing the EU to ‘the enemy’


‘No plan survives engagement with the enemy’

The debate saw a senior Tory MP ridicule Labour’s bid for the Prime Minister to set out her Brexit plans before the start of exit negotiations with the EU.

Prominent backbencher Crispin Blunt insisted “no plan survives engagement with the enemy” but his comments drew a furious rebuke from Sir Keir who insisted “unhelpful or disparaging” comments about “our EU partners” will hinder the Prime Minister’s chances of winning a good Brexit agreement.

Mr Blunt had told Sir Keir he was “fascinated” by Labour’s focus on seeing the Government’s Brexit plan and his call for the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to scrutinise the departure strategy.

Mr Blunt, the chair of the chair of the influential House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said: “I’m fascinated by this focus on the plan and the amount of work he’s going to invite the OBR to do and everything else.

“He must understand no plan survives engagement with the enemy.”

Amid heckles from a number of MPs, Mr Blunt explained: “That is a military metaphor from a soldier.”

He added: “It is plain that our negotiating hand is clear and it’s clear it is not compatible with the position being taken by our 27 partners.

“So this is all going to change in the course of the negotiations. We’re going to have to leave it to the Government to make those decisions.”

No plan survives engagement with the enemy

Tory MP Crispin Blunt

Sir Keir told Mr Blunt “on reflection” he might consider “he didn’t use the right word in describing our partners as the enemy”.Highlighting reported recent comments made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to an Italian minister and an inadvertently-revealed Brexit note, Sir Keir said: “ Some of the language and tone that’s been adopted by the Government and its front bench is not helping the prospects for a good outcome.

“I have been to Brussels, I have spoken on a number of occasions to those that are going to be involved in the exercise and they are not particularly amused about jokes about prosecco, they’re not particularly interested and amused by references to ‘cake and eat it’.

“They want a professional, constructive set of negotiations and some of the comments that are being made about them and their real purposes are not helping the prospect.

“We have a shared interest in this house in getting these negotiations off to the best possible start for very difficult negotiations. And comments along the way that are unhelpful or  disparaging of our EU partners are simply not helping.”

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Tim Farron has told his MPs to vote against Article 50


Lib Dems to vote against Article 50

Ahead of the debate, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron revealed he will order his MPs to vote against the Government amendment committing the Commons to their Brexit timetable as he repeated his call for a second EU referendum at the end of Article 50 talks.

He said: “We cannot support a parliamentary stitch up that would deny the people a vote on the final deal.

“An amended motion would fail to include any meaningful commitment from the Conservative Brexit Government to produce the equivalent of a White or Green Paper setting out its position on such fundamental questions as to whether it wants Britain to remain in the Single Market.

“I call on the Labour Party to remember it calls itself the Official Opposition. It should not cave in to Conservative attempts to deny the public a final say on the most important question facing the country in a generation.

“It is appalling that a so-called opposition could allow itself to be muzzled by the Government on an issue that will face this country for years to come.”

In response to the Liberal Democrats’ position, Tory MP and leading Brexit campaigner Dominic Raab said: “Today the Lib Dems lost all claim to being called a Democratic party.“They are voting to stop the Government getting on with the job of leaving the EU, despite the result of the Referendum.

“Their collusion with Labour MPs to try to thwart and frustrate the will of the people is irresponsible and profoundly anti-democratic.

“The majority of people, however they voted in the referendum, now want the UK to get on with making a success of exiting the EU.”

The SNP have added their own amendment to the Labour motion calling for the Scottish Parliament to have a formal role in Brexit. A Liberal Democrat amendment will call on the Prime Minister to commit to a referendum on a final Brexit deal.

It is likely only the Labour motion and Government amendment will be passed.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/740881/Brexit-debate-Article-50-vote-House-of-Commons-Labour-Government-Theresa-May

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