The latest Brexit u-turn provokes war inside the government. Again. [TWEETS]

Conservative Transparency
Timothy J. Woods

The Conservative government’s latest announcement to put the final Brexit bill before parliament has provoked a backlash from Conservative MPs. Brexit Secretary David Davis appears to have made the concession to ward off a brewing Tory revolt. But it hasn’t been enough.

U-turning heads

Any agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and transitional period will now go before a vote in both Houses of Westminster. But if MPs and peers vote no, Davis has insisted that the UK will leave regardless, which calls into question the relevance of the vote.

Brexit war

Conservative MP Heidi Allen tweeted about the government u-turn:

Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach branded Davis’ announcement as “meaningless if, for any reason, the timetable slips beyond March 2019”.

Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer tweeted:

Labour MP Chuka Umunna also tweeted:

And one Twitter user shared this nine month old tweet to hint at who the Conservative rebel MPs are:

Pointless?

This apparent concession from the Conservative government has done little more than create confusion. Brexit Secretary Davis and Prime Minister Theresa May say that parliament will decide with a ‘take it or leave it’ vote. But they also say that if parliament doesn’t vote in favour of the government’s wishes, they will move forward with their Brexit plans anyway. With the Conservatives at war over Brexit as the 2019 deadline edges closer, the future of the country is up in the air. And given its prolific u-turn record since the 2017 general election, the government will continue to keep the country on tenterhooks.

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