Government considering move on workers' rights to win Brexit deal support

11 January, 2019, 14:56 | Author: Trevor Moore

He said two Commons defeats this week showed Parliament was "committed one way or another to try to stop no-deal".

Referring to reports shadow worldwide trade secretary Barry Gardiner had described Labour's official Brexit position in the same way, Mr Gove said: "I know, Mr Speaker, there are some distinguished citizens in this country who have put on their cars a poster or sticker saying bollocks to Brexit".

He also took a swipe at Commons Speaker John Bercow, who he said was "willing to frustrate the government at every opportunity".

Late on Tuesday, 303 MPs - including more than a dozen former Conservative ministers - voted to restrict the government's taxation powers in a "no deal" scenario, against 296 who backed May.

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He said: "No 10 is trying to give the impression that no deal remains possible but, after many years of knowing the Prime Minister, I do not believe that she would willingly take Britain out of the European Union without a deal".

Most MPs supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, and many have vowed to do everything within their power to prevent a no-deal scenario.

Speaking on the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme, he also said any attempt by politicians to frustrate Brexit would damage the UK's global reputation.

Hunt warned: "If we were, as a political class, not to deliver Brexit, that would be a fundamental breach of trust between the people and the politicians".

His intervention is the most significant from a cabinet minister acknowledging that a no deal Brexit could be blocked.

"If this deal is rejected, ultimately what we may end up with is not a different type of Brexit but Brexit paralysis".

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British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on lawmakers on Thursday to help his opposition party "break the deadlock" over Brexit and support his call for a motion of no confidence in the government to trigger an election.

He acknowledged that MPs opposed to Brexit were flexing their muscles, telling Today: "After this week the idea that Parliament is going to do nothing at all is highly unlikely".

May postponed the vote on the deal last month after admitting that her government would have faced a humiliating defeat.

So even if he persuades a few wobbly Brexiters to vote with the PM on Tuesday, he has guaranteed that Tory MPs who want a referendum will not be wooed back to her cause.

May would forfeit the right to govern if she can not get her Brexit deal through parliament on Tuesday, he said.

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"MPs are all reflecting, and what they're all thinking is what is the best way that we can be true to our manifesto and true to our constituents and make sure that we really do deliver for our voters the Brexit deal that we promised".

"I disagree with that, and so I think do the vast majority of members of parliament".

An alliance of governing Conservative and opposition legislators has dealt May two defeats in as many days - symbolic setbacks that suggest a power shift from the executive to the legislature. But parliament approved an amendment on Wednesday that states her government would have to come up with an alternative plan within three working days instead of the planned 21-day limit, if the deal fails to win approval.

During various points of order, he said he allowed the amendment to be voted on "not because I am setting myself up against the Government, but because I am championing the rights of the House of Commons".

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Britain on Thursday, Clark said of Japanese businesses: "We need to resolve this concern, this very real concern that they have of us crashing out on March 29".



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