Monday, December 10, 2018 | ePaper

Brexit law faces crucial UK Parliament vote

  • Print


British Prime Minister Theresa May will aim to fend off another Brexit setback in a long-awaited showdown with restive lawmakers.



British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a knife-edge vote in parliament Tuesday on her centrepiece Brexit legislation, despite her last-minute warning that defeat risks undermining her negotiations with Brussels.
MPs in the lower House of Commons will vote on a raft of amendments produced by the upper House of Lords, including one at around 1500 GMT that would give parliament an effective veto over Brexit.
Just hours before the vote, the pressure on May cranked up when a pro-EU junior minister quit the government so he could back the veto proposal. Philip Lee said a choice between "bad and worse" options was not giving MPs a meaningful vote.
Other flashpoints in the parliamentary votes include proposals to keep Britain tightly aligned with the EU's economy.
May has said a government defeat would weaken its hand in exit talks with the EU.
"We must think about the message parliament will send to the European Union this week," May told MPs in her centre-right Conservative Party late Monday.
The front pages of Leave-backing British newspapers said accepting the amendments would betray the 52 percent who backed Brexit in the seismic 2016 referendum.
The Daily Express featured the British flag as its front page with the headline: "Ignore the will of the people at your peril."
"The time has come for our elected representatives to decide-are you or are you not the servants of the people?"
The Sun had a front page of British icons including Stonehenge, a fish and chip shop, a London bus and a football, saying "Great Britain or Great Betrayal." "Remainer MPs have a simple choice: trust the people of Great Britain... or trigger a shameful betrayal." May's minority Conservative government relies on the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party for a slender working majority in the 650-member Commons.
"I am trying to negotiate the best deal for Britain. I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the EU which is as frictionless as possible," she said. "But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined."
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is the draft law that would set the legal framework for Brexit and May is worried about the prospect of a rebellion by pro-EU Conservative MPs keen to retain the changes.
Some europhile Conservatives were reported to be backing away, worried that if May was fatally damaged by defeat, it could open the way for a hardline Brexiteer to take over the party and thereby the premiership.

More News For this Category

UK PM May expected to delay Brexit vote, demand better deal

UK PM May expected to delay Brexit vote, demand better deal

Reuters, London :Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to delay Tuesday's key parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal and head to Brussels next week to demand better terms from

Prosecutors connect Trump to a federal crime for first time

Prosecutors connect Trump to a federal crime for first time

AP, Washington :The Justice Department says that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon wins Miss World 2018 crown

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon wins Miss World 2018 crown

Rappler :And we finally have a new Miss World, the winner of the pageant for the year 2018 and she is Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon.The beautiful lady from

US wants to continue support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

US wants to continue support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Reuters, Abu Dhabi :The United States wants to continue support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war and will remain engaged in efforts to combat Iranian influence and Islamist militancy

News in brief

Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of StaffAFP, WashingtonUS President Donald Trump on Saturday announced he was nominating Army chief of staff General Mark Milley as his next

Russian offered Trump campaign ‘political’ cooperation in 2015: US prosecutors

Russian offered Trump campaign ‘political’ cooperation in 2015: US prosecutors

AFP, New York : US prosecutors revealed Friday that a Russian offered cooperation to Donald Trump's campaign as early as 2015, declaring that the president's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen had provided "relevant"

US accuses Russia of lying on Syria attack to undermine truce

US accuses Russia of lying on Syria attack to undermine truce

The United States and Britain accused Russia on Friday of fabricating a story about chemical weapons use by Syrian rebels and warned Moscow against undermining a shaky truce.Russia's defense ministry

Researchers explore new way of killing malaria in the liver

Researchers explore new way of killing malaria in the liver

AFP, Washington :In the ongoing hunt for more effective weapons against malaria, international researchers said Thursday they are exploring a pathway that has until now been little studied - killing

Jubilant Malays rally after Malaysia refuses UN racial equality pledge

Jubilant Malays rally after Malaysia refuses UN racial equality pledge

Reuters, Kuala Lumpur  :Tens of thousands of Malay Muslims rallied in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to celebrate the Malaysian government's refusal to ratify a UN convention against racial discrimination.After weeks

Nearly 300 detained as Paris braces for ‘yellow vest’ protests

Nearly 300 detained as Paris braces for ‘yellow vest’ protests

AFP, Paris :Paris police detained nearly 300 people Saturday ahead of fresh anti-government "yellow vest" protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a third weekend in a row.Clad in