Menu

Login to access your account

Sat, 24 October 2020

Personalise Your Politics

Subscribe now
The House Live All
By Baroness Andrews
Brexit
How can we keep our veterinary workforce healthy? Partner content
Environment
Brexit
The Government must protect victims of modern slavery after Brexit Partner content
By CARE
Brexit
Port of Dover sets out vision of UK trade resilience Partner content
By Port of Dover
Brexit
Press releases

EU Withdrawal Bill delayed amid Tory rebellion fears

EU Withdrawal Bill delayed amid Tory rebellion fears

Liz Bates

2 min read

Plans to bring the EU Withdrawal Bill back to the Commons next week have been ditched amid fears of a major Tory rebellion.


The Government is anticipating significant opposition among Conservative MPs on around a dozen amendments, threatening Theresa May’s fragile Commons majority.

MPs have previously raised concerns over so-called "Henry VIII powers" contained in the Bill, which will allow ministers to make legislative changes without full parliamentary scrutiny.

The latest blow for Mrs May comes after Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, warned about the "very disturbing" deadlock on the Brexit negotiations, and said insufficient progress had been made for trade talks to begin.

It has also emerged that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has spoken of her alarm at the lack of progress in the talks.

The former French finance minister said she could not "imagine" the UK crashing out of the EU without a formal trade agreement, and warned about the effect the uncertainty was having on the global economy.

Speaking in Washington to mark the start of the IMF’s annual meeting, Ms Lagarde said: “Brexit is an ongoing process and our hope is that it be conducted promptly to reduce the level of uncertainty and the anxiety of people about the outcome and the situation of people first, of business second. Because this is affecting the people and the businesses."

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the EU is to begin preparing for negotiations on its trading relationship with Britain.

A draft document seen by the BBC suggests the other 27 European Union countries should discuss trade among themselves while officials in Brussels prepare the details.

British officials believe the move is a signal that a breakthrough is finally imminent, and that preliminary trade talks can begin before the end of the year.

Read the most recent article written by Liz Bates - Jeremy Corbyn admits he would rather see a Brexit deal than a second referendum

Categories

Brexit
Podcast
Engineering a Better World

Can technology deliver a better society? In a new podcast series from the heart of Westminster, The House magazine and the IET discuss with parliamentarians and industry experts how technology and engineering can provide policy solutions to our changing world.

New episode - Listen now