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Damian Green warns Tories: Back Brexit or get Corbyn

07 September 2017, 02:09 | Marta Robbins

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

Labour will call on Prime Minister Theresa May to make a series of changes including allowing parliament to replicate any new European Union laws on employment rights, the environment and consumer protection, The Times reported, citing a letter sent by Labour's Brexit spokesman to minister David Davis.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will tell his MPs to vote against the Brexit Bill at the conclusion of its second reading next week over concerns it hands too much power to the government.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to demand his MPs vote against the Brexit bill when it finally comes before the Commons this week.

"But as democrats we can not vote for a Bill that unamended would let government ministers grab powers from parliament to slash people's rights at work and reduce protection for consumers and the environment".

"Nobody voted in last year's referendum to give this Conservative government sweeping powers to change laws by the back door".

Labour's plans means May's minority Tories would only pass her legislation to its next parliamentary stage with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Treasury Select Committee chair Nicky Morgan added: "When people voted to take back control, I believe they wanted control to come back to a sovereign parliament at Westminster, not to an all-powerful government in Whitehall".

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THERESA May offered to compromise with Tory MPs furious about a government power grab in the landmark Brexit bill. "It would allow the government to seize control from the parliament that the British people have just elected".

"Labour fully respects the democratic decision to leave the European Union, voted to trigger article 50 and backs a jobs-first Brexit with full tariff-free access to the European single market", a spokesperson said.

But it contains a number of highly controversial provisions, including for new laws to be made via "statutory instrument" meaning parliament will not be able to debate or vote on them.

A Conservative backbench rebellion is growing over "Henry VII powers" granted to ministers in it that allow them to modify huge chunks of European Union law without MPs' scrutiny.

The Commons debate follows Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions in which Mrs May was forced to adopt a conciliatory tone towards the pro-Remain Tory MP and leading Brexit rebel Anna Soubry, who signalled she is prepared to lead a backbench rebellion.

It is also time for Mrs May to get tough with the Labour party and its muddled Brexit strategy. "I think it would be ludicrous if there was some sort of agreement on the programme motion when it will take time to find the issues where there is cross-party consensus on amendments".



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