Brexit: Theresa May to travel to EU summit after humiliating defeat over EU withdrawal bill

Brexit: Theresa May to travel to EU summit after humiliating defeat over EU withdrawal bill

The Government was defeated over an amendment to grant MPs a meaningful vote on the terms of the final Brexit deal

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Theresa May is to travel to an EU summit facing a fresh blow to her authority after her government suffered a humiliating defeat over the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Aided by Tory rebels, the Government was dealt a major blow after an amendment to secure a meaningful vote for MPs was not voted down.

Dominic Grieve – who tabled the amendment – had told ministers last-minute concessions were too late in a night filled with drama.

Grieve said he’d had no choice other than to force a vote, because the bill gave ministers “the biggest Henry VIII powers” - the power to override Parliament - ever conferred on a Government, and there was no justification for this privilege.  

Following last night's defeat, MPs and Peers in the House of Lords will now have more control over the implementation of any withdrawal bill, as a fresh statute will now be required before it can take effect.

A number of MPs – like David Lammy - proclaimed Parliament had taken back control over Brexit in the wake of the result.

The Prime Minister will hope the result does not dent EU leaders' confidence in her authority as they prepare to green-light a decision to push the Brexit talks onto trade.