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UK: Government heads for political showdown – TDS

Analysts at TDS point out that the UK government heads for a repeat of last Tuesday’s political showdown, as two amendments to parliament’s “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal are voted on in the House of Commons.

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“The “Grieve amendment” gives parliament some say in directing Brexit negotiations if it rejects the final deal later this year (perhaps ensuring a softer Brexit), while the government’s watered-down amendment only gives an opportunity for parliament to “acknowledge” the situation, with no say in the negotiations (thus Brexit can be whatever the government decides).”

“Last week’s vote on the Grieve amendment looked like it was going to pass, but promises by the Prime Minister of a compromise at the last minute held the Tory “rebels” back. The promised compromise did not materialise, however, and the government is taking a gamble that its softer version will have bought enough rebel support to pass. This is likely the case, meaning the Grieve amendment will be defeated.”

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