Bitter remoaners in Parliament have rushed amendments to the Brexit bill
A series of changes to the Government’s 137 word bill have been placed by opponents of the biggest electoral mandate in British including a “reset” clause by Scottish Nationalists which would end up with the UK staying under Brussels rule.
The plot by bitter Remoaners in Parliament who refuse to accept the will of the British people has come after the Supreme Court ruled that a bill would be required to trigger Article 50 which starts the irreversible process of Leaving.
It also comes as a court case in Dublin has opened to try and establish whether Article 50 can be reversed as Irish opponents of Brexit test if a referendum in their country could overturn Britain’s historic vote last year.
The SNP and Labour have threatened to put down 50 amendments each on the bill while the Lib Dems plan to push for a second referendum to force the UK to Remain with ministers still planning to trigger Article 50 before the end of March.
It comes after the Supreme Court ruled that a bill would be required to trigger Article 50
Theresa May has no one to blame but herself for this
Ukip Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten
Ukip Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten, a Member of the European Parliament, said: “Theresa May has no one to blame but herself for this.
“Had she triggered Article 50 the day after her appointment as PM then all this could have been avoided.”
He went on: “However, it shows that Labour and the Remoaners will do all they possibly can to bog-down and impede the process. Article 50 is only about the starting of negotiations, it is not meant to be the withdrawal agreement itself.”
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
He said that a better approach would have been to leave immediately.
He said: “What these disgraceful tactics show is that the UKIP policy of immediate repeal of the European Communities Act (1972) is the way to go.
“That way MPs would have to decide if they are going to accept the will of the people or not”.
Richard Tice, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave accused the Remoaners of being anti-democracy.
He said: “MPs who are opposed to democracy will continue to try to sabotage the will of the people.
Ukip said the Government's inaction was to blame for the threat of delaying or blocking Brexit
“They have absolutely no respect for the fair and free referendum that took place, when the British people voted to leave the EU.”
He added: “Leave Means Leave support the Government in delivering a clean prompt Brexit. We should be quite prepared to leave without a deal after 2 years, no deal really is much better than a bad deal.
“The will of the people will prevail.”
Among the MPs threatening the bill are members of the cross-party Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman.
They have called for the legislation to be amended to protect the residence status of European Union nationals living in the UK.
This is despite EU leaders rejecting an early deal which would guarantee their citizens right in Britain after Mrs May pressed for an agreement.
The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill contains just two short clauses and fits on a single page, but already more than 30 pages of amendments have been tabled.
Labour wants a "meaningful" vote on the Brexit deal, giving MPs the option to send the Prime Minister back to Brussels to come up with something different if they reject it.
They also call for the guarantee of legal rights for EU citizens, the protection of workers' rights and tariff-free access to the single market.
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The SNP's first batch of amendments include a "reset clause" that would result in the UK staying in the EU if the Prime Minister cannot get agreement for her deal from other leaders at the European Council.
They would also require the Prime Minister to seek agreement from the leaders of the devolved administrations on her approach to the Brexit negotiations.
Former first minister Alex Salmond, the party's international affairs spokesman who also wants a rerun of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, said: "The UK government may choose to treat devolved administrations with utter contempt but let it be clear that these amendments tabled by the SNP should show the Prime Minister that here, in Westminster, the SNP will lead the charge in bringing the hard Brexit brigade back to the House to answer over their lack of plans.
Ukip Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten said 'a better approach would have been to leave immediately'
"These tabled amendments are to address some of the ongoing and abiding concerns of EU citizens, devolved administrations and respect for Parliament in its most fundamental and basic duty.
"The pressure is piling on Theresa May when she returns from her jaunt to cosy up to Donald Trump. She should prepare for the SNP putting forward an effective opposition."
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Labour's amendments would "significantly improve the Government's Bill – in particular by ensuring the House of Commons has the first say on the final Brexit deal and that there are regular opportunities to hold the Government to account".
Discussion of amendments will take place during the three days of debate from 6 February as the legislation is fast-tracked through Parliament in order to meet the Prime Minister's deadline of triggering Article 50 and starting the formal two-year countdown to Brexit before the end of March.
Downing Street insisted MPs were already being given a vote on the final agreement with Brussels – although Mrs May has indicated that a No vote by MPs at the end of negotiations would mean Britain leaving the EU without a deal.
A Number 10 spokesman said: "We have already said there will be a meaningful vote at the end of the negotiations. We have made it very clear that once the deal has been secured there will be a vote in both Houses."