European Union is treating Britain over Galileo

18 June, 2018, 15:31 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Theresa May fails to appease Tory rebels on EU Withdrawal Bill

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister only just managed to persuade potential rebels to back down minutes before the crunch vote to an amendment scheduled by pro-EU Tory ringleader Dominic Grieve - demanding measures be put in place to avoid the United Kingdom leaving with "no deal".

Westminster has argued for continued access, but Brussels maintains third countries can not use the secret signal.Despite threats of British threats to launch its own domestic rival, the European Union has stood firm on its position of no third country access to Galileo's PRS but has said other public uses will continue to be no-limits access for the UK.A British absence from Galileo will, however, significantly hamstring the project, according to a UK Government source familiar with the Brexit negotiations.

Instead, MPs would be allowed to vote only on a "neutral" motion, confirming that they have considered a statement by a minister on the issue.

At nearly the final moment on Tuesday, the two sides agreed to find a compromise and have until 1600 GMT to present it.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Lee said he planned to back Grieve's amendment, and indicated that other ministers could be prepared to follow his example.

"As Parliament gradually assumes a bigger role in the process, the debates have made a "no deal" exit next March less likely and a softer Brexit more likely", Mujtaba Rahman, managing director at Eurasia Group, said in a note.

It's the domestic battle that comes to a crunch again in Parliament on Monday, with crucial clashes that will decide how much power legislators get to shape the final Brexit deal.

"We could collapse the government, and I can assure you I wake up at 2 a cold sweat thinking about the problems we have put on our shoulders", said Dominic Grieve, the lawmaker negotiating with the government on the final wording of the laws that will end Britain's European Union membership.

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The government could yet suffer a damaging rebellion on key Brexit legislation after Tory rebels were left unhappy at ministers' "sneaky" efforts at a compromise.

The comments came after Tory rebels expressed disappointment that a compromise amendment Mrs May tabled after talks was weaker than they wanted.

Anna Soubry, who defied party orders on Tuesday and backed the meaningful vote amendment, also hit out.

Grieve said the problem was that if the United Kingdom reached "the really apocalyptic moment" where no Brexit deal had been done by early February 2019, Parliament was not being offered the chance to say what should happen next - only to "note" the position.

Asked if the prime minister's words ruled out a discussion on the contentious rebel clause, her spokesman said: "I think that is a fair assessment".

Some Leavers were anxious MPs would vote down the deal and then instruct the Government to keep the United Kingdom in the Single Market or customs union - or perhaps the EU entirely. Ministers are digging in and refusing to give ground for now. "Parliament can not - and should not - accept it".

In the House of Commons on Thursday morning, Labor's Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer pressed Brexit Secretary David Davis on seemingly conflicting accounts of what the would-be rebels were offered.



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