US News MPs to vote on amended Brexit Bill on 12 June

19:52  04 june  2018
19:52  04 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Theresa May answers questions in the House of Commons © Sky News Screen Grab Theresa May answers questions in the House of Commons

MPs will vote on the Brexit Bill which the Lords have suggested 15 amendments to next week.

Tory chief whip Julian Smith sent a letter to his Conservative colleagues announcing the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will be coming back to the Commons on 12 June.

He requested all Tory MPs be on the parliamentary estate as there will be several votes on the bill which has suffered 15 defeats at the hands of the House of Lords.

In a clear warning to Tory rebels Mr Smith also urged MPs to vote on the amendments "in a way that reflects both the referendum result and the Conservative Party manifesto we all stood on last year".

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The session will last about 12 hours, starting at 12.30pm.

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street © Getty British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street

MPs are expecting a "marathon session", with the vote going into the early hours of next Wednesday to ensure the bill can go back to the Lords by the end of next week, Government sources told Sky News' senior political

correspondent Beth Rigby.

A Government minister said: "it's going to be tough but we are working hard to get it right."

Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman hit out at having just a day to debate the bill, which comes just over a month after the final Lords' defeat.

A general view the House of Commons. © Getty A general view the House of Commons.

She said: "This is a shameful decision. Ministers have spent months delaying Brexit votes in Parliament because they fear defeat.

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"Now they want to railroad through crucial legislation and limit the chance for proper debate and scrutiny."

Labour MP and Remainer Chuka Umunna also criticised the timing and called for the public to be allowed to vote on the final deal.

The leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign said: "It is absolutely outrageous for the Government to allocate just one day to a debate that promises to be crucial for the future of our country.

"This is a shameful attempt by the Government to avoid difficult questions about the chaotic mess they've made of the Brexit negotiations. But people will not be fooled.

MPs crowd the entrance to the House of Commons at the vote on the Constitutional Reform and Governance bill at the House of Commons, central London.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty MPs crowd the entrance to the House of Commons at the vote on the Constitutional Reform and Governance bill at the House of Commons, central London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

"I hope MPs will vote in favour of the vital amendments to this Bill, in particular those that seek to keep the UK in the Customs Union and in Europe's economic area."

On 16 May the Lords delivered its 15th defeat of the Brexit Bill, calling for environmental protections to continue to be provided by the EU after the UK leaves the bloc.

Some of the key amendments the Lords have agreed to are negotiating a customs union arrangement with the EU, participating in the European Economic area (EEA), retaining EU law on employment and consumer standards and

keeping a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

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