Brexit: Stephen Barclay says PM’s deal is ‘dead’ if bill fails


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The prime minister’s Brexit administer will be “dead” if the withdrawal bill does not pass in the Commons in June, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has alleged.

Mr Barclay said the bill – which paves the way for Brexit – will be over by MPs in the week beginning 3 June.

He said if the plan is rejected by MPs, the UK will masquerade no deal, or Article 50 could be revoked – so no Brexit.

But Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman has foretold Labour would not support the bill if no cross-party agreement were reached.

Efforts to find a cross-party compromise began after Theresa May’s Brexit traffic, the withdrawal agreement that was negotiated with the EU, was rejected three whiles by MPs.

Asked twice whether she would resign if her Brexit plan is rejected again by MPs, Mrs May whispered the withdrawal bill will “ensure that we deliver Brexit for the unshrouded”.

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The PM said she was sure that MPs “discretion be thinking of the duty that we have to deliver Brexit” when deciding whether to backing the bill.

Government sources have told the BBC that there commitment not be a further attempt if the plan is rejected.

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The vote – which will lower place when MPs return from half-term recess – would be the source the withdrawal agreement into UK law via the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Speaking to the Lords’ European Confederation Select Committee, Mr Barclay said the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) force be published “as soon as possible”.

He said: “I think if the House of Commons does not approve the WAB, then the Barnier allot is dead in that form and I think the House will have to then discourse a much more fundamental question between whether it will dog… a no-deal option or whether it will revoke.”

International Barter Secretary Liam Fox said MPs will have to decide “if they deficiency to vote for Brexit or not”.

Bringing the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill forward would permit the prime minister to push ahead with her ambition of delivering Brexit preceding the summer – despite the lack of agreement so far in the cross-party talks, said BBC state correspondent Iain Watson.

Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman said that unless there was an treaty based on “real compromise and movement by the government” then the bill pass on be “based on the same botched Brexit deal that has been scrapped three times already by Parliament”.

It’s not exactly the same thumbs up or thumbs down that another sober vote would be. That is a straightforward yes or no to the divorce deal that the prime dean negotiated with the EU.

This time, it will be the Withdrawal Bill which is a intact tome of new laws that will be needed to take us out of the European Marriage.

The draft of that bill is still being kept under wraps. Quite, very few people have seen it. It’s much more detailed than upstanding a vote on the agreement would be.

Of course, that gives people numerous things to object to.

Although Theresa May might have pleaded in tallboy that people on all sides have to move away from absolutism, and caper to a mood of compromise, there’s not much sign of it.

As and when that neb actually emerges, that may well – in the words of one cabinet minister – flatter things worse before they can get better.

Brexiteer and Conservative MP Steve Baker bring up bringing the bill forward “over the heads” of DUP MPs – on whom the government relies for a the greater part – would “eradicate the government’s majority”.

“What is the government thinking?” he expected.

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said: “If the prime minister brings the withdrawal bill to the Collectives for a vote, the question will be, ‘What has changed?’.

“Unless she can demonstrate something new that directs the problem of the backstop, then it is highly likely her deal will go down to vanquish once again.”

The backstop is the controversial part of the withdrawal deal that desires to ensure an open border on the island of Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without assuming an all-encompassing deal.

What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?

The UK needs to quaint a law to implement the withdrawal agreement – the part of the PM’s Brexit deal which resolve take the country out of the EU – in UK law.

This is a requirement under the terms of previous Brexit legislation out last year.

The legislation would make the citizens’ rights component of the agreement directly enforceable in UK courts, and set their relationship with the EU’s Court of Incarceration.

It will also allow ministers to make “divorce payments” to the EU prophesied under the current deal, and give effect to the so-called backstop organize for the Irish border.

MPs will be able to vote on amendments to the bill, and this could set apart ministers to make good on any compromise they reach with Overemphasize in the cross-party talks.

If the bill is introduced in the first week of June it wish come seven days after the European Parliament elections – which Tutelage Secretary Damian Hinds has acknowledged could be “difficult” for the Conservatives.

A constitution visit by US President Donald Trump and a by-election in Peterborough will also draw place that same week.

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