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David Davis accused of ‘sham offer’ on final Brexit vote

DAVID DAVIS was accused of trying to ‘buy off’ Tory rebels by giving them a worthless vote on Brexit.

MPs would get to have their say on any deal agreed with the EU, enshrining it in UK law, the Brexit secretary (pictured) told the Commons.

But when challenged on what would happen if they vote against the deal — or no deal is reached — he conceded that Britain would leave the EU regardless.

Former Tory minister and Brexit backer Owen Paterson asked: ‘If the House of Commons votes down the new withdrawal bill, will the consequence be we still leave on March 29 2019, but without an agreement?’ Mr Davis replied: ‘Yes.’

Anna Soubry, a Remain-supporting former Tory minister, then asked Mr Davis: ‘Can you confirm in the event of no agreement — no deal — this place will have no say, and we will leave on that date without any say from this supposedly sovereign parliament which voted to take back control?’

Mr Davis said: ‘If we don’t have a withdrawal agreement we can’t have a withdrawal agreement bill, full stop.’

Labour former minister Chris Leslie added: ‘Hasn’t Mr Davis just given the game away of what a sham offer this is? Totally worthless to parliament, essentially trying to buy off people.’ Tory MP and Remain backer Heidi Allen said Mr Davis’s concession was ‘pointless’ while the government was trying to write into law that Britain’s EU membership would end on March 29 2019, deal or no deal.