Theresa May’s Brexit timetable thrown into chaos as Tory civil war deepens

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Theresa May forced to delay passage of the EU withdrawal bill due to Tory rebellions.
MPs are concerned that the bill will hand ministers sweeping powers to rewrite British laws.
Delay comes as the EU says Brexit negotiations have reached “deadlock”.
Chancellor Philip Hammond accused of ‘treachery’ as Tory civil war over Brexit deepens.

LONDON — Theresa May’s Brexit timetable has been thrown into chaos after she was forced to delay the passage of the government’s central piece of Brexit due to a series of looming Tory rebellions.

The delay comes as Brexit talks with the EU reach “deadlock” and a growing Conservative civil war over the future of the chancellor Philip Hammond spills out onto today’s front pages.

The EU Withdrawal bill was due to reach committee stage in the House of Commons next week after it passed second reading in September but has been delayed due to the threat of the government being defeated.

Rebel Conservative MPs are pressing for a series of amendments to the legislation against the wish of the government, and Tory whips have been given more times to make compromises with those who oppose the bill.

Many Tory MPs are concerned that the bill, which is designed to transfer all existing EU law into domestic law, will hand ministers unconstrained powers to rewrite Britain’s entire legal settlement.

The Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom told MPs that the bill will be delayed after Tory backbenchers voiced concerns about the “Henry VIII” powers being given to ministers once the UK leaves the European Union.

She said: “There are some 300 amendments and 54 new clauses being proposed, quite rightly, by members who have very real concerns about the bill.

“Those are being closely evaluated. That is taking a bit of time to have proper, thoughtful, well-considered responses.”

Labour claimed it had found more than a …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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