UK News Hostile Tory rebels delay flagship Brexit bill

22:50  12 october  2017
22:50  12 october  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Not only were their no Tory rebels against Second Reading (though Ken Clarke rebelled on the motion setting out the timing), and the expected support from the DUP Labour's divisions on Europe were exposed in a mini-rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn in Tuesday's Government's flagship Brexit Bill .

But Tory rebels have slammed the bill as 'an absolute monstrosity'. DAVID Davis has accused Labour of adopting a "cynical and unprincipled" position by seeking to block the Government’s flagship Brexit legislation.

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No 10 has been forced to delay its flagship Brexit bill after Conservative rebels backed a series of hostile amendments.

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Ministers had planned to push the EU Withdrawal Bill, which has passed its second reading in the House of Commons, through to committee stage next week.

But the timetable has slipped after the Tory whips decided they needed more time to strike compromises with rebel MPs in order to avoid a series of damaging defeats.

In total 300 amendments and 54 new clauses have been tabled to the bill, which transfers European law onto the domestic statute book after Brexit, underlining the resistance within the Commons from both opposition parties and some Conservative MPs.

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Thirteen amendments have enough support from Conservative MPs to overturn Theresa May's working majority of 13, which is causing obvious headaches for chief whip Gavin Williamson.

Tory rebel MEPs stripped of party whip over trade talks block bid

  Tory rebel MEPs stripped of party whip over trade talks block bid South West MEP Julie Girling and South East MEP Richard Ashworth have been suspended from the Conservative Party.South West MEP Julie Girling and South East MEP Richard Ashworth were suspended from the Conservative Party after supporting a resolution in Strasbourg declaring that “sufficient progress” had not been made in the Brexit talks to move on to discussions on the future relationship between the UK and EU.

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CONSERVATIVE Europhiles must unite behind the Theresa May's 'Great Repeal Bill ' or risk handing power to Jeremy Corbyn, State Secretary Damian Green has warned. MP slaps down Tory rebels over plot that could DERAIL Brexit .

Government insiders told Sky News that the volume of amendments that need to be considered and responded to means the legislation won't be ready for line-by-line committee stage scrutiny next week.

Labour seized on the delay as evidence the Brexit bill "was not fit for purpose" and said Mrs May was potentially facing more than double the number of defeats on this bill than former prime minister John Major suffered at the hands of the Maastricht rebels.

"The Tories' repeal bill is simply not fit for purpose. It would give huge and unaccountable power to Ministers and puts vital rights and protections at risk," Sir Keir Starmer told Sky News.

"Theresa May must start listening to the legitimate concerns of Labour and some of her own MPs and urgently change approach."

Peers have also voiced their concerns over the legislation, warning last week in a House of Lords committee report that the repeal bill will give "excessively wide" powers to Government ministers after Brexit.

Tory rebel MEPs stripped of party whip over trade talks block bid

  Tory rebel MEPs stripped of party whip over trade talks block bid South West MEP Julie Girling and South East MEP Richard Ashworth have been suspended from the Conservative Party.South West MEP Julie Girling and South East MEP Richard Ashworth were suspended from the Conservative Party after supporting a resolution in Strasbourg declaring that “sufficient progress” had not been made in the Brexit talks to move on to discussions on the future relationship between the UK and EU.

Prime Minister Theresa May will forge ahead with her Brexit Bill without amendments proposed by the House of Lords and Labour MPs. Rebels in her own party, however, have pledged to vouch for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. On Wednesday the House of Lords handed the Tory

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The bill will shift some 12,000 EU regulations onto the British statute book.

A man dressed as King Henry VIII protests outside the Houses of Parliament as MP's debate the European Union Withdrawal Bill © Reuters A man dressed as King Henry VIII protests outside the Houses of Parliament as MP's debate the European Union Withdrawal Bill

But the Government is facing serious challenges over its attempt to secure sweeping "Henry VIII powers", which give ministers the right to make legislative changes to enact Brexit without full parliamentary scrutiny.

Ten Tory rebels are also backing an amendment demanding that the final Brexit deal be approved by parliamentary statute, which would give MPs the ability to propose changes to the deal: to date the Government has only agreed to give parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal.

Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons, confirmed on Thursday there would be no debate in parliament on the EU Withdrawal bill.

"What I can say to all members is of course, there are some 300 amendments and 53 new clauses being proposed, quite rightly, by members who have very real concerns about the Bill. Those are being closely evaluated.

"That is taking a bit of time to have proper, thoughtful, well considered responses to those. But we will of course be bringing forward."

MPs are due to spend eight days debating the repeal bill at committee stage, which will then undergo further scrutiny in the Commons and the Lords before it is approved.

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The shadow Brexit secretary demanded six changes to the “paused” repeal bill.Labour will join forces with Tory rebels in an attempt to force Theresa May into giving MPs a veto on the final Brexit deal, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

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