Labour set to oppose Tories' "power grabbing" Brexit bill

Labour set to oppose Tories'

The Labour Party is expected to push for changes to the bill, which aims at ensuring that European Union law no longer applies to Britain.

Conservative divisions over Brexit will be laid bare this week when MPs scrutinise the complex legislation which will sever the UK's ties with the European Union.

The legislation will be debated on Thursday after MPs return to Westminster following a summer break in which some have been plotting their tactics for the Brexit battles ahead.

The newspaper said under plans being drawn up in Whitehall the United Kingdom would pay between £7bn and £17bn a year to Brussels for three years after Brexit - with the final bill set to be up to £20bn higher than hoped, as a result of the prime minister's weakened domestic position since the general election.

Conservative MPs will not rebel by voting against the bill at second reading on Monday but there is some scope for a cross-party revolt if the government tries to restrict the number of days for debate.

Damian Green, the Prime Minister's effective deputy, raised the stakes by urging disgruntled Tories not to use the legislation to undermine her.

Nicky Morgan: The new chair of the Commons treasury select committee has repeatedly raised fears over the economic dangers of a hard Brexit.

But ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve branded the move "rule by decree" that would see "our domestic constitution and liberties vandalised". "The slogan of the Leave campaign was about people taking back control and restoring powers to parliament".

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Former constitution minister John Penrose said there was a "delicate balance" to be struck between the flexibility required to cope with Brexit and the "fundamental" role of Parliament in scrutinising the changes.

"No Conservative wants a bad Brexit deal, or to do anything that increases the threat of a Corbyn government".

In another bid to build consensus, Brexit Secretary David Davis also invited MPs on all sides to work with him to deliver the jumbo law.

Anna Soubry, one of the most pro-Remain Tory backbenchers, said she would not vote against the Bill at second reading, but warned ministers she and others would be likely to support amendments at a later stage to protect "basic human rights".

"It amounts to a trouncing of democracy and people will not accept it".

"Labour fully respects the democratic decision to leave the European Union, voted to trigger article 50 and backs a jobs-first Brexit with full tariff-free access to the European single market", a spokesperson said.

Lawyers have described the Bill, which Jeremy Corbyn has ordered Labour MPs to vote against, as the biggest change in the UK's legal system for 45 years.

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