Britain's Brexit secretary David Davis.image courtesy : Financial Times

The Brexit secretary David Davis has urged MPs to leave the bill for exiting the EU unchanged when it is debated in the Commons on Monday.

David Davis said he would ask MPs to throw out measures to allow for a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final exit package.

If MPs pass the bill, the prime minister could trigger Article 50 as early as Tuesday.

The Brexit Secretary has warned members of Parliament to leave the bill for exiting the European Union unchanged when it is debated again in the House of Commons on Monday.

David Davis issued a last-minute warning to Tory rebels not to sabotage the Article 50 Bill amid fears that any change could see Brexit end up in the courts.

“Please don’t tie the Prime Minister’s hands in the process of doing that for things which we expect to attain anyway.”

Pressed on whether Parliament would get a meaningful vote, he replied: “What we can’t have is either House of parliament reversing the decision of the British people.

The Brexit Secretary also said that putting promises over leaving the EU into law creates a “greater risk of legal action”.

“There will be many opportunities for Parliament to debate the ins and outs of our negotiation of a new partnership with the EU, and influence the outcome,” he said.

“But attaching conditions to a Bill that simply allows the Prime Minister to start the process of implementing the referendum result is emphatically not the way to do it.”

He also said that protecting the rights of EU citizens in Britain without reciprocal promises would plunge more than a million Britons abroad into “uncertainty”.

Mrs May is preparing to formally start negotiations as early as Tuesday in a landmark moment in Britain’s modern history, dubbed “independence day” by supporters.

However, before that can begin, MPs must vote on Monday on whether to make two amendments to the legislation giving the Prime Minister the power to start Brexit.

The first would demand proposals are published within three months to protect the rights of all EU citizens currently in Britain. The second would give MPs and peers a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal,effectively a veto, as the UK’s departure could not happen without a parliamentary vote.

Both are being opposed by the Government, but pro-EU Tories are rallying support privately behind both changes.

Tory whips are so concerned about the vote that cabinet ministers have been forced to cancel foreign trips to make sure they are in Parliament.Conservative whips have effectively banned foreign trips by refusing to approve any “slips”, which give MPs permission to be away from Parliament.


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