British Parliament asserts itself over May's power grab
Dec 14, London: The EU Parliament chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt today praised the UK parliament’s pro-EU rebels, who have backed a vote to give MPs a guaranteed say on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels.
Employing the slogan of the Leave campaign ahead of the EU referendum, Verhofstadt said the thwarting of the UK government’s flagship Brexit bill showed that MPs were taking back control. He tweeted: “British Parliament takes back control. European and British Parliament together will decide on the final agreement. Interests of the citizens will prevail over narrow party politics. A good day for democracy.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, however, described it as a “humiliating loss of authority” for Prime Minister Theresa May on the eve of a crucial trip to Brussels, at which she hopes EU leaders will approve the start of Brexit trade talks. Corbyn added that “parliament has asserted itself” amid a “power grab” by May.
Meanwhile, Brexiteer MP Nadine Dorries demanded the 11 rebels be “deselected and never allowed to stand as a Tory MP ever again.” She tweeted: “Tonight, the Tory rebels have put a spring in Labour’s step, given them a taste of winning, guaranteed the party a weekend of bad press, undermined the PM and devalued her impact in Brussels. They should be deselected and never allowed to stand as a Tory MP, ever again.”
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