The UK Parliament will have to approve any Brexit deal before March 2019

STEPHANIE LECOCQ

British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis at a press conference at the end of a meeting with Michel Barnier (not seen), the EU Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50, dubbed the 'Brexit' at EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 19 June 2017.

The UK Parliament will have to approve any Brexit deal before March 2019


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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.

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