Withdrawal Agreement Defeat

Amendment 329-302 tabled by Mr. Letwin was passed and asked the House of Commons for a series of indicative votes on March 27. Three ministers resigned from the government in support of the amendment: Richard Harrington (Minister of Economy), Alistair Burt (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Steve Brine (Health). The Beckett Amendment, tabled by Margaret Beckett, was defeated by 314:311. It would have forced Parliament to vote on a “no deal” Brexit or to ask for an extension of Article 50 if the government were in the absence of an agreement within seven days of leaving the European Union. The modified main request (Letwin, but not Beckett) went 327-300. 5 European Union Bill (Withdrawal Agreement) (session 2019): services.parliament.uk/Bills/2019-20/Europeanunionwithdrawal agreement.html consulted on 6 November 2019] The 2019 revisions have also adapted elements of the political declaration and replaced the word “appropriate” with “appropriate” with regard to labour standards. According to Sam Lowe, a trade fellow at the Centre for European Reform, the amendment excludes labour standards from dispute resolution mechanisms. [27] In addition, the Equal Competition Mechanism has been postponed from the legally binding withdrawal agreement to the political declaration,[24] and the line of the political statement that “the United Kingdom will consider taking into account alignment with trade union rules in the relevant areas” has been removed.

[26] The bill violates part of the legally binding Brexit withdrawal agreement by allowing Britain to repeal important provisions concerning Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK to share a land border with the EU. The UK government says the bill is needed as an insurance policy to ensure smooth trade between all parts of the UK, no matter what happens after Brexit. “It didn`t happen. That`s not going to happen. I regret to say that it is time for Theresa May to comply and make room for a new leader to present a withdrawal agreement to be adopted by Parliament. Since none of the proposals presented in the second round were able to obtain a majority in the House of Commons, a third round of indicative votes was scheduled for April 3. [110] On 3 April 2019, the House of Commons focused instead on the debate on “the European Union (withdrawal) (no