UK’s core Brexit bill marks new tactic to win compromise

  • UK lawmakers could begin debating legislation to enshrine EU withdrawal obligations in domestic law as early as next week.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May hopes the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill’s amendment process can act as a “forum” for lawmakers to find a Brexit compromise — but the high-risk strategy requires cooperation from the opposition Labour Party.
  • The legislation will take precedence over a number of other pieces of primary legislation — covering fisheries, agriculture and trade — required to prepare for exit.

May takes lead in bid to rescue Brexit talks

  • Theresa May returns to Parliament today seeking to breathe fresh life into talks with the Labour party, as both sides search for a Brexit breakthrough that can avert the need to hold “unwanted” European elections on 23 May.
  • The prime minister is coming under growing pressure from her own MPs to stand down if she fails to find a way to break the stalemate.


Senior Conservatives to vote on ousting Theresa May

  • Senior Conservatives are to vote on whether to make it easier to force Theresa May out of office within weeks by changing the party’s rules to allow a no-confidence motion at any time.
  • The 1922 Committee meet today to discuss amending its rules, which currently state a leader cannot face a second no-confidence motion within a year of the previous one.
  • May defeated an attempt to oust her in December, meaning she is safe from an official challenge for at least another seven months.


Week ahead in Parliament

    • Parliament reconvened today after its Easter recess.
    • Today, the following Brexit-related statutory instruments were voted on in the House of Commons:
      • The Value Added Tax (Tour Operators) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
      • The Electronic Communications (Amendment Etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
      • The Animal Health and the Seed Potatoes and Food (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019