Brexit: Stage set for Commons battle after divorce bill increase

Brexit: Stage set for Commons battle after Theresa May reportedly increases EU offer

A key committee reportedly agreed to increase the offer in the divorce settlement

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The stage is set for a fresh Brexit battle in the House of Commons after Theresa May was given the green light to ramp up Britain’s financial offer to the EU.

The move is designed to break the current deadlock in negotiations and convince the EU to move onto the crucial trade stage of the Brexit talks.

However the reported increase comes ahead of a crunch vote in Parliament on key legislation for Brexit, with the EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the Commons on Tuesday,

Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, is continuing to fight for the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to remain applicable to Britain once it departs the union, and has called for ministers to show flexibility in regard to the issue.

Grieve said:  "I am hoping that the Government will make concessions on this and respond positively."

It is unclear how Britain’s increased financial offer will affect the mood in the Commons during the debate. However several lawmakers have expressed opposition to the increased payout and could use it against the Government.

One MP, Tory Robert Halfon, likened Theresa May and her ministers to Harry Enfield's Loadsamoney character on Julia Hartley-Brewer's talkRADIO show this morning.