United Kingdom: Govt agrees to give lawmakers chance to discuss and vote on final Brexit deal

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  • In United Kingdom, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has agreed to give lawmakers a chance and vote on the final Brexit deal before it is concluded with Brussels.
  • But warned they could not stop Britain leaving the EU. The concession avoided a rebellion in May’s ruling Conservative party over a bill empowering the prime minister to start formal exit negotiations, a move she has promised to make by the end of March.
  • The government warned, however, that if parliament rejected the terms of the final deal, including any agreement on a new trading relationship with the EU, Britain would still leave the bloc.
  • Brexit minister David Jones told the House of Commons that this will be a meaningful vote.
  • He said, it will be a choice between leaving the European Union with a negotiated deal or not. Ms May had previously promised a vote in parliament before the deal comes into force, but conceded this would now take place before it was concluded
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