Withdrawal Agreement Mp Vote
On the morning of December 13, 2017, Davis issued a written statement saying: “In the United Kingdom, the government has committed to holding a vote on the final agreement in Parliament as soon as possible after the negotiations have concluded. This vote will take the form of a resolution in both houses of Parliament and will cover both the withdrawal agreement and the terms of our future relations.  Labour MP Keir Starmer asked Conservative MPs who want the UK to remain in the EU to vote with Labour on the Lords amendment when the bill returned to the House of Commons  and former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggested that May could be replaced by a new Conservative Prime Minister if she lost the vote.  Prominent Tory-Restin amber Rudd urged her party`s MPs to support the government in the vote.  This meant that when the government lost the late vote on January 15, 2019, it had three days of meetings (until January 21, 2019) to establish its “Plan B.”  In January 2017, Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May announced: “I can confirm today that the government will put to a vote the final agreement reached between the UNITED Kingdom and the EU in both houses of Parliament before it comes into force.”  On 13 July 2017, David Davis, Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, introduced the bill in the House of Commons, including the following statement after Clause 9: Immediately After, Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a vote of no confidence against the government, which took place on 16 January 2019. The government won by 325 votes to 306, a majority of 19.  After further negotiations between the UK and the EU, a revised withdrawal agreement was reached on 17 October.  Two days later, a special session of Parliament (called “Super Saturday” by the media) was held to discuss the new agreement.    MEPs adopted the Second Amendment Letwin 322 to 306, which had refused Parliament`s approval until the adoption of legislation to implement the agreement, and forced the government to ask the EU to delay Brexit until 31 January 2020.  The amended amendment was then adopted by MPs without a vote, as the government had accepted the de facto defeat.
 On 21 October, House of Commons spokesman John Bercow rejected a government request to hold a vote on the Brexit deal, citing his earlier decision to withdraw it.  The day after the vote in the House of Commons, May said during the Prime Minister`s questions: “We have seen concerns about the role of Parliament in the Brexit process. What I agreed yesterday is that, since the bill is up to the Lords, we would continue to discuss these concerns with our colleagues. This morning, I agreed with the Brexit minister that we would table an amendment to the Lords, and there are a number of things that will guide our approach… As my right-wing friend, the Brexit minister, made it clear in Parliament yesterday that the government`s hand in the negotiations cannot be bound by Parliament, but the government must be accountable to Parliament. It is the government that decides the policy, and we need parliamentary support to implement that policy.  Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC commented: “The risk is that it is a double trade.  Today`s vote means that Members have approved the general principles of the legislation, and it will now move to the so-called “committee stage,” where further consideration will take place.