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13 November 2017, 11:21 | Erica Roy
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Giving a commons statement on Brexit, Davis said that once there is an agreement with the European Union, there would a specific piece of legislation that will enact whatever is agreed upon.
And he rejected a call, by pro-EU Tory Anna Soubry, for MPs to vote if Britain is heading for a "no deal Brexit", replying: "If we don't have an agreement, we can't have a withdrawal agreement Bill". Almost 200 amendments have been tabled for the Bill.
Davis said: "We have always said we will do whatever is necessary to prepare for our exit, including bringing forward further legislation, and that is exactly what we are doing".
In a bid to keep both Brexiteers and Remainers on side, Davis ended his appearance at the despatch box by describing the vote as "a meaningful vote, but not one that can undo Brexit".
"We might have left the European Union, the treaty and the deal would have been done and Parliament could do nothing at all to shape the nature of that withdrawal agreement".
"For months, Labour has been calling on ministers to guarantee parliament a final say on the withdrawal agreement".
The Brexit deal will form a specific Act of Parliament, to be voted on by the Houses of Commons and Lords in early 2019.
"This confirms that the major policy set out in the withdrawal agreement will be directly implemented into United Kingdom law by primary legislation". However, it would put Prime Minister Theresa May under pressure to request an extension to negotiations.
Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer branded Mr Davis's actions "a significant climbdown from a weak Government on the verge of defeat".
The concession means MPs will get a final say on the Brexit deal.
"With less than 24 hours before they had to defend their flawed bill to Parliament they have finally backed down", he said. However, like everything with this government the devil will be in the detail. "They need to accept Labour's amendments that would ensure transitional arrangements, and protect jobs and the economy from a cliff edge".
Meanwhile, former Tory constitution minister John Penrose welcomed the Government's stronger pledge on a parliamentary vote, but expressed continuing concerns over the use of so-called "Henry VIII powers" as provided by the EU Withdrawal Bill.
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