Monday 26 August 2019

Key legislation to ratify Theresa May's Brexit deal to be brought before House of Commons next month

Theresa May. Photo: PA
Theresa May. Photo: PA

Harriet Line

Key legislation to ratify British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in law will be brought before the House of Commons at the beginning of next month, Downing Street has announced.

The British government will bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3, a spokesman said, after Mrs May and Jeremy Corbyn held fresh talks this evening.

Mrs May was said to have made clear to the Labour leader that she wanted to bring cross-party discussions to a conclusion and "deliver on the referendum result".

A Downing Street spokesman said: "This evening the Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU.

"We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the 3rd June.

"It is imperative we do so then if the UK is to leave the EU before the summer parliamentary recess.

"Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive.

"Tomorrow talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK's swift exit from the EU."

After a marathon Cabinet meeting earlier on Tuesday, British ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts to break the impasse but stressed it was "imperative" for a Brexit deal to get through Parliament by the summer recess.

With Theresa May's future linked to the passage of a Brexit deal, getting legislation through the Commons and Lords by the summer break could also pave the way for her departure from Number 10.

Ministers spent more than two hours discussing the Brexit situation and despite the apparent lack of progress in talks with Labour decided the process should continue, but with a clear view that "we need to get a move on".

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