And these are fairly simple changes.
- MPs get the “final say on whether to approve the withdrawal agreement and how best to implement it”
- The transition period requested by Prime Minister Theresa May is added into the legislation
- A “completely different approach” to the use of powers the government argues are needed to make technical changes to regulations from Brussels
- A guarantee that workers’ and consumer rights, as well as environmental standards, are not watered down after Brexit
- A concession to devolved administrations who want repatriated powers that would normally fall under their remit to go straight to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, rather than the Westminster government first
- Putting the EU charter of fundamental rights into UK law
Of course, they could have just demanded the entire bad idea be forgotten. Labour seems to think that the Tories are hell bent on a hard Brexit:
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Thornberry said: “I think what we may be seeing is the Europeans trying to make it clear that it is not their fault that there are these difficulties – the intransigence does not come from their side, it comes from Theresa May’s side.
“And in the end I think the reality is the intransigence is on Theresa May’s side, because she doesn’t have the strength or the authority to be able to control her backbenchers, let alone her cabinet. And I think we are heading for no deal, and I think that that is a serious threat to Britain and it is not in Britain’s interests for that to happen.
“We will stop that.”
The things the Tories can’t deliver are settled status on EU citizens resident in Britain, anf a non-existent Irish border. The first because Tory extremists can’t stand the thought of immigration – all those nasty Europeans around – and the second because it’s a logical impossibility.
Compared with those, the Brexit bill is a minor matter. May has made kind noises about European residents, noises she likely can’t deliver on given the party she heads, but she hasn’t said diddley on the Irish border, because she has no solution to that. There is none.
May would rather Britain crash out of Europe without a deal than risk her place in Downing Street. And let the Irish Troubles start up again.