MPs promised ‘deal or no deal’ vote on Brexit

Ministers are seeking to win over MPs who want a “meaningful” vote on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU and its future trading arrangements.

Brexit minister David Jones said MPs would get a say on the final draft Brexit agreement before it was voted upon by the European Parliament.

But he also said the UK would still leave the EU, albeit on different terms, if the deal was rejected.

Labour and some Tories want scope for the UK to renegotiate if necessary.

It is yet to be seen whether this is enough to win over opposition MPs and some Tories who oppose a so-called “take it or leave it” deal and want the Commons to be able to send ministers back to the negotiating table in search of better terms.

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Government concedes that Brexit ‘concession’ is anything but

As the committee stage of the article 50 bill rumbled on into its second day, Brexit minister David Jones had an announcement to make. After careful consideration of the possibility that there might be rather too many Tory rebels for comfort, the government was prepared to allow parliament a vote on Britain’s withdrawal from and future relationship with the EU before the deal was voted on by the European parliament.

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Brexit rebellion avoided after ‘meaningful vote’ offer

The government has seen off an attempt to add conditions to its Brexit bill as a Conservative rebellion was avoided.

MPs rejected a bid by Labour’s Chris Leslie to force the government to consult Parliament on the deal struck with the EU before it is finalised.

It came after ministers pledged that a “meaningful” vote would be offered.

Labour and some Tories had pushed for MPs to have a decisive say on the final terms, but the 326 to 293 vote means the bill remains unchanged.

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