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Brexit: May seeks to stave off defeat on Withdrawal Bill

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Theresa May is striving to stave off a possible defeat in a crucial vote on the Brexit process after appealing to Conservative MPs not to undermine her. The Commons will vote later on whether to give MPs a decisive say on any final deal struck with the EU in the autumn.BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it was "dicey" for the prime minister, who has warned defeats will send the wrong message to the EU.Ministers earlier backed a compromise on future customs procedures.The government has agreed to report to Parliament by October on efforts to negotiate a "customs arrangement" with the EU after Brexit.
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What MPs will be voting on
A compromise amendment rejects calls for a customs union in favour of a customs arrangement
The government opposes the following Lords amendments:
Granting new powers to oversee changes made to EU law by the government
Removing the precise day of Brexit from the wording of the bill
Removing a section allowing ministers to use secondary legislation to establish when individuals can challenge the validity of retained EU law after exit
Only let ministers use delegated powers to amend retained EU law where "necessary"
Preventing ministers from using delegated powers to implement the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement
Make staying in the European Economic Area, like Norway, a "negotiating objective" for the UK
Transferring the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law
Allowing "enhanced scrutiny" when ministers use delegated powers to change EU employment, equality health and safety, consumer and environment rules
The government has proposed its own version of these ones:
Giving Parliament the power to decide what happens if MPs and peers reject the final Brexit deal
Explicitly preserving cooperation between Northern Ireland and the Republic and commit to no new border arrangements without the agreement of the UK and Irish governments
Allowing people to challenge UK law if it fails to comply with the general principles of EU law
Forcing ministers to maintain EU environmental principles in domestic law after Brexit
Compelling ministers to aim for a deal allowing unaccompanied child refugees to join relatives in the UK
The government has accepted this amendment:
Allowing the UK to replicate EU law made after Brexit day and continue to participate in EU agencies
The government is backing a compromise backbench amendment on this:
Forcing the government to report on "steps taken to negotiate a customs union with the EU" by 31 October
To rebel or not rebel?
At a specially convened meeting at Westminster, Mrs May told her MPs they "must think about the message Parliament will send to the European Union this week"."I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the EU which is as frictionless as possible," she said."But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined."
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Some pro-EU Tories were reported to be backing away from voting against the government, over fears that a defeat could prompt a leadership contest and see Mrs May replaced by a far more hard-line Brexiteer.Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is reported to have said the customs compromise will "buy time" for the government ahead of a crucial summit of EU leaders later this month.
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I’m told 6 Tory MPs still holding out on meaningful vote and could vote against Govt tmrw: Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, Antoinette Sandbach, Sarah Wollaston. Would leave result extremely close.— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) June 11, 2018
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Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve told the BBC's Newsnight the customs issue had been "resolved" but he could still vote against the government on the terms of the "meaningful vote" which he said remained an "issue of difficulty". Rebels have dismissed a commitment by ministers to make a statement within 28 days should MPs vote down the package negotiated by Mrs May, with several urging Parliament to "take control" in such a scenario. Labour, which is backing 14 out of the 15 amendments, are urging Tory rebels to seize the chance to "decisively shape the course of the negotiations".
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What is the EU Withdrawal Bill?
It is the legislation aimed at ensuring the UK has a smooth transition out of the EU.It will repeal the European Communities Act, which took Britain into what was then the European Economic Community, meaning EU law is no longer supreme in the UK.And to avoid a sudden "cliff edge" on Brexit day, 29 March 2019, it would also convert existing EU law into UK law so the government and Parliament can decide at a later date which bits they want to keep or change.
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