David Davies announced on Monday that the British parliament will be called to ratify a deal with the EU before the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019.
In a brief statement in parliament, the Brexit secretary announced that any deal with Brussels would “only hold” if approved by House of Commons. The ratification will come in the form of a bill and MPs will be given a chance to debate and vote on the substance of the agreement.
Previously David Davies has suggested that a vote could take place after March 29. The pressure on London to secure an early Brexit deal now increases.
The Labour Party opposition welcomed the government’s apparent retreat, although there is no progress in the negotiations to suggest that there will be an agreement within the same period.
The decision follows reports that Conservative MPs were bracing to challenge Theresa May’s leadership.
One of the fears is that the Conservative parliamentary group would refuse to support the government’s EU’s Withdrawal Bill on Tuesday. The law is intended to transfer EU law into UK national law
The opposition is demanding a series of amendments that will guarantee social rights and a transitional arrangement.