Tory MP quits government role for supporting European Union citizens’ rights treaty

Tory MP quits government role for supporting European Union citizens’ rights treaty

Tory MP quits government role for supporting European Union citizens’ rights treaty

MPs also voted on several other amendments from backbenchers, including approving without a vote Conservative Alberto Costa's stipulation that May must seek a treaty on citizens' rights after Brexit under any scenario.

Writing in the Daily Mail, she said: "In the discussions I have had with the leadership of the of the European Union and the leaders of every EU member state, I have found a real determination to find a way through which allows the United Kingdom to leave with a deal".

Theresa May, who has already made an offer to European Union citizens, told the Commons on Tuesday that she does not back the amendment because "the European Union does not have the legal authority to do a separate deal on citizens' rights without a new mandate".

But less than an hour after Javid made his comments, Costa was sacked from his post as parliamentary private secretary to the Scottish secretary, David Mundell.

Asked whether the European Union was ready to strike an agreement of the kind proposed by Mr Costa, Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told a Brussels press conference: "We will not negotiate mini-deals because negotiating such mini-deals outside the Withdrawal Agreement would imply that the negotiations have failed".

Update: This amendment was approved without a formal vote.

"When was the government not supporting it?", asked Javid, before going on to confirm the U-turn. "I have never rebelled and have scarcely spoken out of turn".

In the speech Mrs May said that she would put the withdrawal agreement deal to the MPs again by March 12 and that if the government does not win the vote it will table a motion to be voted on by March 13 at the latest, asking MPs if they approve leaving without a deal.

The UK's adoption of the amendment has been seen as a step forward by campaign groups, such as British in Europe, who have been advocating for the rights of citizens.

"The best way to protect the rights of these 4.5 million people concerned is through the Withdrawal Agreement", Andreeva said, adding that "we will not negotiate "mini deals" because this would imply that the negotiations have failed". "Oh ok." After an awkward laugh, he responded: "I'm perfectly happy with that amendment".

Some countries have started to legislate to secure the rights of United Kingdom citizens living in their territory, but some have not. "They should not pay the price for Brexit and the Commission has called on member states to take a generous approach to the United Kingdom nationals that are already resident in their territory", said Andreeva.

But there is uncertainty about what no deal would mean for Britons living in France, Spain, Germany and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has issued a plea to MPs to "do their duty" and vote through her Brexit deal.

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