British Cabinet Averts Ruling Party Rebellion over Brexit ‘Assurances’

British Cabinet Averts Ruling Party Rebellion over Brexit ‘Assurances’

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Cabinet have avoided an open rebellion among pro-EU Tory Members of the British Parliament.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Cabinet have avoided an open rebellion among pro-EU Tory Members of the British Parliament for the time being, as the latter want a greater say on the final Brexit deal with the EU.

The May government is presently trying to pass the so-called EU Withdrawal Bill which provides for the transition from the supremacy of EU law to the supremacy of UK law following Brexit.

However, the Brexit bill has already been amended by the House of Lords and the May Cabinet has been attempting to get the House of Commons to repeal most of the changes in question, BBC News reports.

The UK Cabinet argues that the Parliament should not have a say on the essence of the Brexit deal that it is to strike with the EU.

A group of Conservative MPs had threatened to vote against the May Cabinet on how much say the British Parliament should have over the final Brexit agreement.

However, on Tuesday, over a dozen potential rebels from among the Tory MPs reneged on their threats in the last minute before a key vote following a meeting with May.

This has raised the question as to what concessions they have been offered by the Prime Minister, if any, as the results from the talks have not been revealed to the public.

Subsequently, however, the key Tory rebel, MP Dominic Grieve, has declared that May must follow through with her assurances about a great Brexit deal say for the British Parliament, or face unspecified consequences.

According to an anonymous BBC government source, the May Cabinet and the rebel Tory MPs have not shaken hands on any actual concessions.

However, a group of MPs declared on Thursday that the May Cabinet had offered them real “input” on the final Brexit deal if London did not achieve an agreement with Brussels by December 2018.

The upcoming return of the EU Withdrawal Bill to the House of Lords in the following days is expected to reveal details as to whether or what concessions the May Cabinet had offered the pro-EU Conservative MPs.

(Banner image: Chris Chabot,  Flickr

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