Brexit: David Davis writes to MPs in last-ditch attempt to stop revolt over EU Withdrawal bill

Brexit: David Davis writes to MPs in last-ditch attempt to stop revolt over EU Withdrawal bill

Theresa May faces a revolt unless MPs are given a meaningful vote on the final EU deal

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

David Davis has written to Tory MPs in one final attempt to see off a revolt and defeat in the House of Commons over Brexit.

The Government faces a mutiny by its own lawmakers over key legislation required to turn EU law into UK statute after Britain leaves the EU in 2019.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, was warned she would be dealing with a backbench rebellion unless MPs are given a guarantee of a meaningful vote on the final deal acquired from the European Union.

In his letter, the Brexit Secretary promised MPs there would be not one, but “a number of votes” on the terms of the critical arrangement between the UK and the EU.

Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, is one of the ringleaders, and has said he believes he has enough support to defeat the Government in the vote on the EU Withdrawal bill on Wednesday evening.

The Labour Party is set to back Grieve and the other Tory Rebels on this, having implored them to not be convinced by “warm words and woolly concessions.”

This motion by Grieve and the other rebels has angered Brexiteers, who have accused them of trying to derail the important bill.

Grieve has denied his amendment to the bill is designed to prevent the occurrence of Brexit.

In an interview with the BBC, he said he had brought about the change in order to stop the Government from denying MPs a key vote by being able to push through the final deal via statute alone.

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