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Damian Green warns Tories: Back Brexit or get Corbyn

Damian Green warns Tories: Back Brexit or get Corbyn

Others suggested Mr Corbyn has only ordered his Labour MPs to vote against the EU (Withdrawal) Bill because he knows he does not have the numbers to defeat the Government at the second reading vote next Monday evening.

How much the United Kingdom owes the European Union in leaving the bloc is among the most hard issues concerning Brexit, with analysts estimating that the European Union will put forward a gross bill of as much as €100 billion.

Labour will call on Prime Minister Theresa May to make a series of changes including allowing parliament to replicate any new European Union laws on employment rights, the environment and consumer protection, The Times reported, citing a letter sent by Labour's Brexit spokesman to minister David Davis.

Mr Davies accused Mr Starmer of failing to acknowledge that the European Union was using "pressure tactics" to make Britain pay a hefty exit penalty, insisting that the government was acting in the best interests of taxpayers.

And he said Labour would be "irresponsible" to attempt to block its passage in the Commons.

In a sign of the difficulties Mrs May could face a senior Tory warned against plans in the Brexit Bill for "Henry VIII" powers to change laws without full parliamentary scrutiny.

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"There is nothing weird and there is certainly nothing treacherous about putting down amendments and then speaking to them and indeed voting on them".

This contrasted with her comments to the Conservative backbench 1922 committee following the disastrous general election result when she said she would stay "as long as you want me". But the government's EU Withdrawal Bill would allow Conservative ministers to set vital terms on a whim, including of Britain's exit payment, without democratic scrutiny.

The party said it could not support the bill in its current form because it would "let government ministers grab powers from parliament to slash people's rights at work and reduce protection for consumers and the environment".

"Nobody voted in last year's referendum to give this Conservative government sweeping powers to change laws by the back door". On Feb. 2, May's deputy advised Conservative lawmakers against doing anything that would increase Labour's chances of returning to power, while May said the bill was the best way to ensure a successful Brexit.

"The slogan of the Leave campaign was about people taking back control and restoring powers to Parliament. It would allow the government to seize control from the parliament that the British people have just elected".

But it contains a number of highly controversial provisions, including for new laws to be made via "statutory instrument" meaning parliament will not be able to debate or vote on them.


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