Important news dropped Monday, when British Brexit minister David Davis announced that the government would allow Parliament to debate, scrutinize, and vote on any final Brexit agreement. Prime minister Theresa May is facing a lot of pressure to offer a meaningful vote on a deal with the European Union regarding Great Britain’s exit. Monday’s announcement means that the agreement “will only hold if Parliament approves it.” May believes that her EU withdrawal bill is crucial because it will provide confidence to companies that are worried that the rules will change after Brexit.
Reaching Deal With European Union
Both the British government and the European Union hope to reach an agreement by late next year, and Monday’s news means that Parliament will be directly involved once that time comes. Davis elaborated, saying “this confirms that the major policies set out in the withdrawal agreement will be directly implemented into UK law by primary legislation.” Currently, there have been about 186 pages of amendments proposed to the bill, consisting of a large portion of copy and pasted EU rules and regulations, which critics believe gives the government too much power, while cutting Parliament out of much of the Brexit planning.
Parliament’s Reaction To Change In Procedure
While some members of Parliament welcomed the change in procedure, others were disgusted with the notion, claiming that if Britain were to fail to reach an agreement with the EU, then Parliament would not have any say in the dealings. Chris Leslie, a member of the Labour Party, voiced his concerns, saying “hasn’t he just given the game away on what a sham offer this is? Totally worthless to Parliament, essentially trying to buy off people.” It is hard to pinpoint whether or not the agreement will make it past Parliament, because even members of May’s party have voiced their willingness to vote against the government.