By Ben Kerrigan-
UK Prime minister, Theresa May has warned Conservative MPs to back her Brexit bill and not risk weakening her negotiating position in Brussels .
May told a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee, at a convened meeting in Parliament attended by ministers including Philip Hammond and David Davis to think about the message parliament would be sending to the EU in the event of a defeat. She said: “We must think about the message parliament will send to the European Union this week.
“I am trying to negotiate the best deal for Britain. I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the EU which is as frictionless as possible.
“But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined.”May’s comments come in the wake of an impending rebellion from some Tory rebel remainers who are pushing for more changes to the current EU bill. Tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday, will be the crucial days of voting the legislation aimed at ensuring the UK has a smooth transition out of the EU. The bill will repeal the European Communities Act, which took Britain into the then European Economic Community, eliminating the supremacy of EU law over UK law.
Some of the amendments desired by rebel Mps are strongly opposed by the UK government. They include the granting of new powers to oversee changes made to EU law by the government. It also includes the removal of the precise day of Brexit from the wording of the bill. Some ministers also want to be able to use secondary legislation to determine when the validity of some EU law can be challenged once the Uk officially leaves the EU.
Under new arrangements brought about by a vote, the government will be able to report on “steps taken to negotiate a customs union with the EU” by 31 October. The UK government does not want to be under any strict conditions by ministers during the negotiations, and defeat could spell disaster for Theresa May who has so far weathered almost every political storm that has come her way. After surviving ad unnecessary election she called in 2017, and overcoming the huge criticisms that accompanied the Greenfell fire and the Windrush scandal, May is currently a survivor of survivors. She needs to survive this crucial vote, but what really matters is for the best scenario and outcome for Brexit to prevail.