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MPs set to clash over Grieve’s amendment to Brexit Bill
21 November 2017
The battle over Brexit returns to the Commons as MPs clash on retaining the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights.
A bid by Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve to amend the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to allow the charter to continue to apply to the UK once it quits the bloc has attracted the support of opposition parties and Conservative rebels.
Mr Grieve said he hoped Ministers would show flexibility on the issue as his amendment was set to be debated by MPs on Tuesday.
He told the Press Association: "I am hoping that the Government will make concessions on this and respond positively."
The Bill, which brings much of EU law into British law, has proved problematic for the Government as Tory rebels have threatened to reject parts of the landmark legislation they oppose.
With the Bill coming back to the Commons for its committee stage, opposition MPs have urged Conservatives to "proudly" back the amendment on retaining the charter.
Labour MP Stella Creasy, speaking on behalf of the Open Britain organisation, said: “Nobody voted in the referendum last year to undermine our rights as citizens. Yet the Government’s decision to scrap the Charter of Fundamental Rights as we leave the EU risks doing just that.
“The rights to liberty, justice and human dignity are not to be trifled with and no responsible Government should ever put them at risk.
“MPs of all parties should proudly stand up and vote for Amendment Eight. And Ministers should take note of the wave of feeling across the House that Brexit cannot mean a reduction in the rights that protect British liberties.”