Parliament can not hijack Brexit, says Fox

The Speaker has the discretion to decide which amendments may proceed to a vote, and the government may be pressured to act on those which get majority support.

On Monday, the Work and Pensions Minister Amber Rudd has been reported to warn that if Conservative MPs are banned from voting for a plan that helps stop a no-deal Brexit, Theresa May's government "could face dozens of ministerial resignations next week". Instead, according to two people who were on the call, she said she would seek changes to the Irish backstop section of the deal she's negotiated with the EU.

The EU has so far firmly rejected the prospect of reopening negotiations.

Mr Czaputowicz said that London and Dublin were "playing chicken" over the border and risked a "head-on collision" in which Ireland stood to "lose the most".

Neale Richmond, a member of Ireland's governing Fine Gael party and chairman of the upper house of parliament's Brexit committee, said the Good Friday Agreement can not be renegotiated lightly.

Many across the House see the Irish backstop - which envisages that all of the United Kingdom would remain in a temporary customs union with the EU until a permanent trade deal can be clinched - as a red line, which if kept as part of the deal, will inevitably lead to rejections by lawmakers.

The logic of that decisive defeat is that the Prime Minister must change her red lines because her current deal is non-deliverable. That's left the government doubtful that the party could be counted on.

But May is only one player in deciding what happens next. And it has opened the door to attempts by members of Parliament to wrest control over the Brexit process while the government flounders.

If the government fails, then parliament would be given a binding vote on Article 50 extension to prevent no-deal.

One group, including senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Tory former minister Nick Boles, is seeking to give time for a Bill to suspend the Article 50 withdrawal process if there is no new deal with Brussels by the end of February.

Slack said a meaningful vote was still mandatory if the to leave the European Union with a deal, but the government won't bring one until it's confident of getting Parliament backing.

After her deal was thrown out last week by a crushing 432-202 vote in Parliament, May said she would consult with lawmakers from all parties to find a new way forward.

Backbench members of Parliament, led by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, are working on a plan to take control of Brexit out of the government's hands, ultimately giving the chamber the chance to ask the European Union to delay the departure day.

The official Labour position is to ask for a customs union with the EU.

"You can not wish away no deal", she said. Corbyn's spokesman refused to rule that out last week.

That leaves pro-Brexit Tories. Asked repeatedly to rule out the prospect of crashing out of the European Union without a deal in place- which economists and experts have warned could lead to disastrous economic and social upheaval - Ms May declined.

It is also created to keep on board different wings of the party which back a "Norway-style" Brexit and a second referendum.

"Labour is now grabbing the Brexit bull by its horns, as May continues to pander to the far right in her party and outside it".

Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, December 4, 2018.

Poland's foreign minister said he was proposing limiting the Irish backstop to five years in order to unblock the Brexit deadlock but the suggestion was knocked back by Ireland. This would be a hard sell in Ireland, which would have to agree. He said: "One thing is certain: a hard, disorderly Brexit would harm us all".

Addressing a regional party event, Merkel framed Brexit as an historic test of the EU's ability to withstand crises.

"We need bold action", he was quoted as saying. Merkel said in Rostock, Germany.

  • Rogelio Becker