Keir Starmer vows to work with Tory rebels to allow parliamentary vote on Brexit deal

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Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has said Labour will unite with Tory rebels to make sure parliament is handed a vote on the UK's Brexit deal.

Writing in the Sunday Times today, Starmer said the bill "must also ensure that parliament, and not ministers, has the final say on whether to approve the withdrawal agreement and how best to implement it".

Starmer has outlined six elements of the EU Withdrawal Bill that he wants to change, saying he will "work with all sides" to push through amendments.

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Earlier this week it emerged that the bill, which will transpose EU law onto the UK statute books, has been delayed due to the potential for a Tory rebellion over the legislation.

Starmer wants the bill to include the transitional arrangements the UK is aiming to secure from the EU, and wants the government to take a "completely different approach" to so-called Henry VIII powers, which the executive intends to use to edit the statue books.

Other demands put forward by Starmer include:

  • Guarantees for the rights of consumers and workers
  • Provisions to allow powers taken back from the EU to be passed directly to devolved administrations
  • Incorporation of the EU charter of fundamental rights into UK law

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