Brexit: Remainer Dominic Grieve MP claims victory on 'take it or leave it' concession

Brexit is 'a serious risk', says Dominic Grieve MP ahead of final Article 50 bill vote

The Brexit bill will face its final test this evening

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Remain MP Dominic Grieve has said he is satisfied with the Government's concession of a final 'take it or leave it' vote on the Brexit deal, despite critics suggesting it will be meaningless.

Last night, after a Labour amendment to the Article 50 bill prompted a rebellion by seven Tory MPs, the Government agreed to offer lawmakers a final vote on the deal Theresa May secures from Brussels.

Many have suggested this is barely a climbdown at all, given MPs and peers will have no say during the negotiations themselves.

However Grieve, a former attorney general, was defiant in his interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer, saying "in the circumstances [the final vote] is as much as one could reasonable expect."

Ahead of tonight's final vote on the bill to trigger Article 50, which is almost certain to result in a victory for the Government, Grieve said the UK needs "good governance" as it begins the Brexit negotiations.

He added: "Brexit raises a serious risk, not just for the Tories but the whole country. It is a serious diversion from day-to-day issues, and will be for years to come.

"So we’re [Conservative MPs] aware the country needs governance. It needs good governance in challenging circumstances."