The British Parliament will be able to vote on the final agreement of the Brexit before the United Kingdom leaves the EU. This Monday has been announced by the Minister of Brexit, David Davis, in what is an important concession for pro-european Conservative MEPs and Labour opposition. The terms of the departure, including agreements on a transitional period, on citizens ' rights or on the bill of divorce, will be collected in a law, explained Davis, offering members the possibility of rejecting or amending it. "The agreement will only apply if Parliament approves," Davis said to members.
The announcement takes place on the eve of the beginning in Parliament of the processing of a key legislative piece, the great EU exit law, which will turn the acquis communautaire into British national legislation. The Government was facing a possible opposition and a group of rebel conservatives. Nine of them, led by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who had described the "monstrosity" law, had introduced an amendment that was pursuing the final agreement to be processed as a law, to allow Parliament to have the last word About what the government agrees.
Davis has in fact accepted the Grieve amendment, allowing the two chambers to discuss in depth the agreement to be reached and to introduce amendments. It remains to be clarified what would happen if the members finally voted against the law to pick up the agreement. The Government had already agreed to allow members to speak on the final agreement, but now it has gone further by announcing that it will be processed as a piece of primary legislation. "This means that Parliament will be able to scrutinize, debate and vote on the agreement we finally reach with the EU," Davis assured.
Brexit spokesman in the Labour opposition, Keir Starmer, has celebrated what he has described as "a significant reverse of a weak government on the brink of defeat." But he has warned that "the devil will be in the details now."