PARLIAMENT will get to vote on the Brexit deal before Britain leaves the EU, the government announced yesterday.
The deal will only be enshrined in British law if it is approved in a new piece of legislation called the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill, Brexit secretary David Davis said.
MPs will be able to amend the Bill, which is to cover withdrawal issues such as citizens’ rights, the so-called “divorce bill” and a transition period.
In what will be seen as a concession to Tory rebels ahead of potential rebellions on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill this week, Mr Davis said the new legislation will provide “certainty and clarity.”
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “This is a significant climbdown from a weak government on the verge of defeat.
“For months, Labour has been calling on ministers to guarantee Parliament a final say on the withdrawal agreement.
“With less than 24 hours before they had to defend their flawed Bill to Parliament, they have finally backed down.
“However, like everything with this government, the devil will be in the detail.
“Ministers must now go further. They need to accept Labour’s amendments that would ensure transitional arrangements and protect jobs and the economy from a cliff edge.”