David Davis announces final Brexit deal will take form of act of parliament – as it happened
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Davis’s Commons statement on Brexit
If he House does that [votes to change the bill], that will be taken I guess by the government as an instruction to go back and speak for them [to Brussels]. Whether that will deliver any outcome, I don’t know.
“We respect the views of the DUP, but we respect the views of other parties in Northern Ireland. No one party should have the only say,” he said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
That is not how a decision as fundamental and as important to Ireland’s future and Britain’s future should be made.
I don’t accept that the options should be limited on the basis of the political arithmetic in the House of Commons.
Illuminating the potential for the Irish question to turn into a Brexit roadblock, Coveney said that those who thought the Irish border question could simply be pushed into the second phase of Brexit talks were mistaken.
“Some people hoped that Ireland and the EU task force would simply allow this issue to drift into phase two in the hope that it would be resolved through some form of trade agreement or trade partnership agreement in the future,” he said. He added that this was “not a viable proposal”.
The EU has indicated that short of a fresh solution from the British government, it sees the best way to achieve an invisible border in Ireland was for Northern Ireland to stay in the Customs Union and the single market, something the DUP has said it will oppose.
This was seen in some quarters as a bid by the EU give Northern Ireland “Hong Kong style” autonomy.
Coveney said he did not believe reports at the weekend that British officials were “horrified” by this proposal. He said:
Anybody whose been following this process knows that Ireland has been consistent and stubborn and strong on the border issue because it’s so important to the functioning of the island of Ireland; linked to a peace process, linked to normal commerce, and the movement of goods, services, livestock, people.
Next few hours going to be really interesting ... Davis' concession has taken wind out of rebels' sails, but not clear yet if they will stand down
Deputy DG of Poland's Lewiatan Business Confederation Grzegorz Baczewski tells me after this morning's No10 visit that two-year transition period "would not have been enough even if we had the rest of deal already done now", adds "the UK should be more specific" to boost talks
I welcome the announcement today that parliament will be asked to approve any withdrawal agreement by statute but it remains the case that the bill as drafted does not reflect what the government is now promising - and the bill will therefore have to be changed to meet the government’s promise.
I hope that my amendment won’t be necessary but it will remain there to be debated and if necessary voted on.
Davis agrees. It will be a meaningful vote, but not one that can undo Brexit, he says.
November 14, 2017
May wins first 5 votes on EU withdrawal bill in committee despite Tory backlash over fixing Brexit date – as it happened
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including MPs debating and voting on the first day of the EU withdrawal bill’s committee stageEU withdrawal bill debate - Summary of openingEvening summary 12.02am GMT It is quite unnecessary to actually close down our options as severely as we are with this amendment when we don’t know yet [what will happen in the Brexit talks], when it is perfectly possible that there is a mutually beneficial, European and British, need to keep the negotiations going for a time longer to get them settled.I have to say I find this amendment by the government so very strange, because it seems to me to fetter the government, to add nothing to the strength of the government’s negotiating position, and in fact potentially to create a very great problem that could be brought back to visit on us at a later stage.Let us suppose our own negotiators wish an extension, it is curtailing the flexibility and room for manoeuvre of our own negotiators.I can only see downsides in terms of the government losing control of one of the levers it could use to control the negotiations. 11.37pm GMT The final vote was that clause 6 stand part. That went through by acclamation, meaning there was no need for a division. And that’s it. Day one of the committee stage is over. Only seven more to go. Continue reading...
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