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UK parliament approves Brexit law forcing May to consult on delay

By William James

 

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FILE PHOTO: Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's parliament approved legislation on Monday that gives lawmakers the power to scrutinise and even change Prime Minister Theresa May's request that the European Union agree to delay Brexit until June 30.

 

May has already asked Brussels to extend Britain's EU membership to allow talks with the opposition Labour Party in search of different exit plan - a last-ditch attempt to keep control after parliament rejected her Brexit deal three times.

 

But lawmakers want additional legal guarantees against a "no-deal" exit happening on April 12 - the current exit day - and have crafted a law forcing ministers to consult with parliament on Tuesday before May goes to Brussels.

 

"Both houses of parliament have tonight strongly made clear their view that a no deal would be deeply damaging to jobs, manufacturing and security of our country," said lawmaker Yvette Cooper, one of those responsible for proposing the legislation.

 

The bill gives lawmakers the chance to make legally binding changes to May's requested departure date during a debate scheduled to last 90 minutes on Tuesday. The prime minister would retain some freedom to agree a different date with the EU.

 

May is due to travel to Paris and Berlin on Tuesday to press her request for a short delay, before it is formally discussed by EU leaders at a special summit on Wednesday.

 

The bill passed through the Commons by a single vote last week and was then approved with minor changes in the House of Lords, an unelected body whose role is to refine and scrutinise legislation, which the Commons then had to sign off on.

 

The passage of the bill represents a significant blow to May's authority, overturning the long-standing convention that the government has sole control of the agenda in parliament, allowing it to control what laws are passed.

 

It also creates another flashpoint in a deeply divided body of lawmakers that could undermine May's attempts to persuade Brussels she can get parliament to back a Brexit deal if the EU gives her more time.

 

The government had warned that the legislation was poorly drafted, rushed through parliament and set a dangerous constitutional precedent. Pro-Brexit lawmakers also fiercely opposed the bill.

 

"(It) is like tossing a hand grenade into our constitutional arrangements," said eurosceptic Conservative lawmaker Bill Cash.

 

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Giles Elgood, Frances Kerry and Sonya Hepinstall)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-04-09

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15 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

The Financial Times, that bastion of socialism, liberalism and general leftyism, is expressing the view that the Tory response to Brexit has resulted in moderates leaving the party that has now become ‘the home of the old and the angry’.

 

Comments here on TVF would suggest the FT are correct in this observation.

 

Can you provide a link to this story please?

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Can you provide a link to this story please?
Well now c/h..do you want a list of young BREXITEERS from Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
They happen to be the kids of friends of mine back home!!
Let me know if you want their names and email adds!!!!!

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3 minutes ago, vogie said:

Can you provide a link to this story please?

I tried to Vogie but it’s behind a pay wall and blocked for sharing.

 

If you care to search it out the heading is ‘Conservatives will pay a heavy price for weaponising Brexit’.

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5 minutes ago, malagateddy said:

Well now c/h..do you want a list of young BREXITEERS from Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
They happen to be the kids of friends of mine back home!!
Let me know if you want their names and email adds!!!!!

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The young Remainers I know are too busy working, studying and otherwise getting on with life to have time to join me in an online pishing contest.

 

It’s been a while since I was in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, so I’ll take your word for it that young people there have nothing better to do than prop you up in internet debates.

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No..you are oh so wrong..many of them have well paying careers in different fields..but they see the future of their country..the UK as OUTSIDE the eu.
Ps..delighted to tell you that most of them are now...REGISTERED SUPPORTERS OF THE BREXIT PARTY!!!

The young Remainers I know are too busy working, studying and otherwise getting on with life to have time to join me in an online pishing contest.
 
It’s been a while since I was in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, so I’ll take your word for it that young people there have nothing better to do than prop you up in internet debates.


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