Netizen 24 GBR: Grieve accuses May's government of backtracking on promise to enshrine Brexit date in law

By On November 14, 2017

Grieve accuses May's government of backtracking on promise to enshrine Brexit date in law

Henry Zeffman, Political Reporter

The Times

The government is seeking to amend the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to include a departure date and time of 11pm on March 29, 2019
The government is seeking to amend the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to include a departure date and time of 11pm on March 29, 2019Reuters

Theresa May’s government is today facing accusations it has backtracked on its promise to enshrine Brexit day in law as MPs begin scrutinising the prime minister’s legislation in the House of Commons.

Dominic Grieve, one of the key Conservative MPs attempting to soften the government†™s Brexit stance, said ministers were “slipping in” an amendment undercutting the pledge that Britain would leave the EU at 11pm on March 29, 2019.

The government is seeking to amend the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which began eight days of detailed scrutiny this afternoon, to reflect that date and time. The move was intended to assuage Conservative Eurosceptics anxious that Brexit might be delayed, but angered opponents of Mrs May’s stance on Brexit on both sides of the political divide.

Mr…

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