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Matt Hancock asks MPs to vote for PM's deal

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs they should back the prime minister’s new deal, regardless of the details.

He reasoned that this is the only way the 2016 referendum’s result can be respected, adding that the details can be worked out "later".

This comes after Theresa May’s announcement that the Commons would vote for the fourth Brexit Withdrawal Bill on 3 June.

Hancock said on BBC Radio 4: “If you want to leave the EU and deliver on the result of the referendum – no matter the details you want to see in terms of the future relationships – you need to vote for legislation and then have the debate in the committee stages later on exactly what the details are.”

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis said, by voting the bill through, the next prime minister's options will be greatly limited.

Also on BBC Radio 4’s Today show, David said: “I think the next prime minister must have the right to reset the negotiation on their terms.”

If the bill passes, the precise timetable on which the UK is to leave the EU would be set out by Theresa May in the period shortly after the vote.

At present, May doesn’t have the support of the Parliamentary Labour Party, despite attempts spanning over a month to reach an agreement with each other behind closed doors.

The cabinet is also considering the option of another round of indicative votes.

Asked if he would stand as a Tory leader candidate, Matt Hancock said “there isn’t a vacancy as yet,” but that he found it “flattering” that people have asked him to.


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Authored by

Thomas Wilson
Political Editor
@theparlreview
May 20 2019

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