LONDON UK. The government is considering giving extra protections to workers and the environment rights in order to win support for its shambolic Brexit withdrawal agreement.
The new proposals have been put forward by Labour Leave supporter John Mann.
Mr Mann told BBC News the amendment was not about supporting Mrs May, but about establishing Labour’s own “red lines in terms of people’s lives and rights”.
“We do not want to see a Brexit where we become some kind of Singapore economy; where it is a race to the bottom, where we try to undercut everyone else and where workers lose out,” he said. “What we want is to compete by being the best in the world.”
But Business Secretary Greg Clark said the amendment showed “Parliament coming together” behind the PM’s deal.
However he said the Labour leadership “is unlikely to be swayed” and the government’s pledge is not believed to be legally binding.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will tell activists that a general election is the most democratic way of breaking the Brexit deadlock.
Prominent Brexiteer and Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg said it was the “right approach” for the government to seek support in this way, but he would still be voting against the government’s “deeply unsatisfactory” deal.