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Offbeat May's party denies 'cheating' in Brexit parliament vote

20:40  18 july  2018
20:40  18 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns - source

  British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns - source British Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned because of how a meeting to hammer out a cabinet agreement for Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to leave the European Union was handled, a source close to the minister said on Sunday.EARLIER: LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) - British Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned because of how a meeting to hammer out a cabinet agreement for Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to leave the European Union was handled, a source close to the minister said on Sunday.

Britons may be forgiven for suffering Brexit fatigue after watching their parliament spend 500 hours debating how to leave the EU without making much headway. Prime Minister Theresa May said her party ' s failure to uphold the so-called pairing deal was "done in error", but admitted it was "not good

Britain' s ruling Conservative party rejected accusations of dirty tricks on Wednesday after breaking a voting pact with an opposition MP on maternity leave on a crucial piece of Brexit legislation. Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson, who gave birth to a boy last month, accused the government.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson, seen in 2013, accused UK Conservatives of © Provided by AFP Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson, seen in 2013, accused UK Conservatives of "cheating."

Britain's ruling Conservative party rejected accusations of dirty tricks on Wednesday after breaking a Brexit voting pact with an opposition lawmaker on maternity leave.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson, who gave birth to a boy last month, accused the government of "cheating" the system as it sought to win two knife-edge votes on Tuesday night.

"Just how low will your government stoop?" she raged on Twitter.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her party's failure to uphold the so-called pairing deal was "done in error," but admitted it was "not good enough" and would not happen again.

U.K Brexit Ministers Davis and Baker Quit in Major Blow to May

  U.K Brexit Ministers Davis and Baker Quit in Major Blow to May U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis and his deputy Steve Baker quit the government on Sunday in what threatens to be a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s authority. The resignations comes just two days after May secured the backing of her cabinet for a plan to keep close ties to the European Union after leaving the bloc. Davis and Baker, both longstanding euroskeptics, decided they could not support the policy, a person familiar with the matter said. May’s office confirmed that Davis had resigned but had no comment yet on the reasons.The pound weakened slightly on the news.

Britain’ s Prime minister Theresa May arrives at the European Council headquarter on the second day of a summit of European Union (EU) leaders on March 23, 2018, in Brussels. John thys / afp. Britain’ s ruling Conservative party rejected accusations of dirty tricks on Wednesday after breaking a voting

Prime Minister Theresa May said her party ’ s failure to uphold the so-called pairing deal was “done in error”, but admitted it was “not good enough” and would not happen again. Pairing is an informal agreement between MPs in opposing parties not to take part in a vote , thus allowing one of them to

Pairing is an informal agreement between members of parliament in opposing parties not to take part in a vote, thus allowing one of them to miss it without affecting the outcome.

Organized by the whips, who enforce party discipline, it is crucial for MPs who are ill or on maternity leave, as there is no system of proxy voting in parliament.

Swinson was "paired" with Conservative MP Brandon Lewis during Tuesday's votes on future trade policy after Brexit.

He abstained in some votes earlier in the day but took part in two in the evening, one of which the government lost and the other of which it won by just six votes.

Swinson said it was a "calculated, deliberate breaking of trust by government whips ... to win at all costs."

Chief whip Julian Smith apologized for the "mistake," as did Lewis, and May told MPs that "we take pairing very seriously."

House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said it was vital that new parents be able to spend time with their babies, but said there would be no inquiry as the incident would not have affected Tuesday's votes.

But other opposition MPs joined Swinson in expressing skepticism, with Labour women's spokeswoman Dawn Butler saying it was an "absolutely appalling move."

Plans have been put forward for a system of proxy voting for new parents, but a debate is not due until later this year.

'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells UK parliament .
Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson urged the government to rethink its strategy.Johnson, who led the main Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, resigned this month over May’s strategy, triggering the government's biggest crisis since she lost her parliamentary majority after calling a snap election last year.

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