On Byline Times: Johnson’s power grab over EU withdrawal bill revealed by Lords report

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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at Queen’s Speech. Pic credit: UK Parliament/ Jessica Taylor

Boris Johnson thought he had got away with Parliament not being able to scrutinise his EU Withdrawal bill by calling an election. But on the last day of Parliament the House of Lords rumbled him and their analysis does not paint a pretty picture. Full report on Byline Times.

For purists actual House of Lords Constitution Committee report here.

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Theresa May Brexit deal hammered in parliament, but be wary of prospects of a new ‘consensus’ approach : The Conversation

Another day, another record. The 230 majority against the motion to approve Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU smashes pretty much any parliamentary record one cares to discover.

That May’s immediate response was to make time for the house to debate and vote on Labour’s motion of no-confidence in her the day after her loss was thus hardly a surprise: how else to respond to such a heavy blow against the central platform and policy of the government?

And yet the abiding impression of these events was of avoiding a resolution, for as long as possible. Most obviously, May did not offer her resignation. That was a reflection not of her principles but rather her analysis of the situation. As she noted in her statement, a lack of majority for her deal doesn’t mean there’s a majority for another course of action. Without that alternative majority, she clearly feels there is still everything to play for and she is the right person for the job.

In essence, what May offered parliament was a “put-up or shut-up” proposition. Should the government win the confidence motion – which looks very likely indeed – she will hold a series of cross-party talks, inviting parliament to bring ideas and suggestions about how to build a majority position. The results will then be put to the EU for negotiation and agreement.


Source: Theresa May Brexit deal hammered in parliament, but be wary of prospects of a new ‘consensus’ approach : The Conversation

What happens after Brexit vote? Four possible scenarios explained : The Conversation

MPs have started to debate the final Brexit withdrawal agreement ahead of a “meaningful vote” at the end of the day on December 11. That is about the only part of the current situation about which we can be sure. There are various possible scenarios that might play out after that vote, some of which are outlined below.

1. MPs vote in favour of the deal

This is possibly the easiest outcome in terms of pushing forward with Brexit, but the hardest to obtain, given the sheer number of Conservative MPs who have said they will vote against the deal. A vote in favour would give the prime minister the power to tell the EU that the deal has been ratified by parliament.

But the government would still need to pass a hefty amount of legislation as the Brexit process continues. This would begin with the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – a piece of legislation which the House of Commons Library thinks could happen before Christmas.

In the event that this first option doesn’t happen (which seems increasingly likely), the future is all a bid muddled. This is partly because it depends if MPs vote in favour of any amendments to the motion on December 11. Here, the possible outcomes would be:

2. MPs vote against the deal but in favour of an amendment

The House of Commons speaker, John Bercow, can select up to six amendments to a proposed bill to also be debated and voted on by the house. In this case, the proposed amendments include one by Labour MP Hilary Benn to reject both the Brexit deal and a no-deal scenario in an attempt to enhance the power for MPs to find an alternative. Labour and the SNP have said they will support the amendment. Other amendments include extending the Article 50 deadline to give more time to decide how to proceed.

If MPs vote against the main motion on the deal, the government would give a statement to the House of Commons within 21 days setting out how it plans to proceed, as specified in the EU Withdrawal Act 2018. This would bring us to January 1, 2019. Parliament would be given a week to debate the contents of this statement, before a further round of ministerial statements reporting on progress by January 21.


Source: What happens after Brexit vote? Four possible scenarios explained : The Conversation

Brexit news: Commons ERUPTS in raucous cheers as EU Withdrawal Bill receives royal assent | UK | News | Express.co.uk

The EU Withdrawal Bill, the government’s flagship piece of  legislation, has officially become law after receiving royal assent.

In an announcement to the House of Commons this afternoon, Speaker John Bercow revealed the bill was among several to have been approved by the Queen.

His statement drew raucous cheers from MPs, forcing him to pause his address to the House.

Mr Bercow said: “Her Majesty has signified her royal assent to the following acts: Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018, EU Withdrawal Act 2018.”


Source: Brexit news: Commons ERUPTS in raucous cheers as EU Withdrawal Bill receives royal assent | UK | News | Express.co.uk

Tory MPs must unite behind PM over Bill amendments : The Telegraph

We found ourselves on different sides of the debate during the EU referendum but today we are united in our determination to make Brexit a success for Britain.

Just like the country as a whole, Conservatives have different perspectives on exactly what our future relationship with the EU should look like.

It should surprise no one that on something as complex as Brexit, people of good faith who share common political principles can disagree.

Leaving the EU after over 40 years of membership inevitably poses questions which defy easy answers.

But when it comes to delivering the legislation necessary to make Brexit a smooth and orderly process, we both agree that every Conservative should march in lockstep behind the Prime Minister as she delivers on the vote.

The EU Withdrawal Bill, which MPs will be voting on this week, is not about competing visions of the future, but about ensuring legal certainty at our point of departure.

It is a technical measure which is essential to getting Brexit right.


Source: Tory MPs must unite behind PM over Bill amendments : The Telegraph

House of Lords defeats government over EU withdrawal bill : Independent

Peers have inflicted an embarrassing defeat on the government after voting in favour of remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.

In a challenge to Theresa May’s flagship Brexit bill, members of the Lords backed several cross-party amendments supporting continued membership of a customs union with the bloc, and protecting people’s rights after Brexit.

The result will be embarrassing for the government, as ministers race against time to get the EU (Withdrawal) Bill through parliament in time to prepare for Britain’s exit for the bloc next year.


Source: House of Lords defeats government over EU withdrawal bill : Independent

What’s changed since the Brexit vote? | Visual.ONS

It’s been more than a year since the UK voted to leave the EU after more than 40 years of membership.Parliament is set to vote on the EU withdrawal bill, which transfers EU law into UK legislation

Source: *What’s changed since the Brexit vote? | Visual.ONS


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Brexiteers aye a victory

In yet another indication of the Brexit department’s smoother PR machine, David Davis has led the news overnight with his simple line on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill: “A vote against this Bill is a vote for a chaotic exit”. As MPs gear up for the second reading vote, DD’s talk of the dangers of a ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit has prompted hollow laughs from Labour and other critics, but the Government is quietly confident it has the numbers.

Ken Clarke told SkyNews it was “completely hopeless” to suggest Brexit could be reversed, in the process shooting down Tony Blair’s idea that tougher migration controls could avoid the need to exit. As for the bill, Tory Remainers like Clarke say they’re waiting for concessions at Committee Stage. One curio tonight: Justice Secretary David Lidington will close the debate for the Government. He’s not a Brexit minister, nor a Foreign Office minister. Indeed Lidington was long seen by Eurosceps as having ‘gone native’ when he was Europe minister. So why is May deploying him? First, as a former Commons Leader he knows House procedure backwards. Second, it’s precisely his mastery of EU detail that May values. Third, Tory Remainers know he was one of them. Still, it’s odd no DexEU minister


Source: Brexiteers aye a victory : HuffPost – The Waugh Zone