Brexit Withdrawal Bill: MPs set to back government in crunch vote

PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 12 June 2018

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps


Grant Shapps and Oliver Dowden are set to vote with the government on the Brexit Withdrawal Bill this afternoon (June 12).

The Commons will vote on a series of amendments put forward by The House of Lords, including whether to give MPs a decisive say on the final deal struck with the European Union.

Several MPs have warned they may vote in favour of the changes, inflicting a humiliating defeat on the government and Theresa May, who warned that backing the amendment would undermine Britain’s negotiating position.

However, Welwyn Hatfield’s Tory MP Mr Shapps said: “I’ll be voting with the government because the purpose of the EU Withdrawal Bill is simple – it is putting EU legislation into law to ensure a smooth and orderly transition as we leave.

“Voting against would create chaos when we leave next March, regardless of where you stand on the actual Brexit issue itself.”

He added: “In the end MPs always have the decisive say over all laws, but I don’t agree with tying the hands of our negotiators by being over-prescriptive at this stage.”

Potters Bar’s MP Oliver Dowden said that people voted for Brexit and expect the government to “get on with delivering it”.

“At the same time we need as smooth a transition as possible and this bill helps secure it,” he added.

“Parliament must have a say on the final deal, which it will, both through a vote and a separate Act of Parliament to implement it.”

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