How Is It Possible To Have A Meaningful Vote On Something That Has Already Taken Place

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During Prime Minister's questions I asked the Prime Minister about the meaningful vote the Government promised on the Brexit deal. The Prime Minister failed to explain how that is possible if, as David Davis say, the vote will come after Brexit has happened. You can read the exchange below.

Stephen Kinnock: In March 2017, the Prime Minister told the House that Parliament would be given a meaningful vote on the terms of the Withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) Bill. This morning, in the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union, the Secretary of State told us that that vote might not take place until March 2019. Will the Prime Minister please explain how it is possible to have a meaningful vote on something that has already taken place?

The Prime Minister: As the hon. Gentleman knows, we are in negotiations with the European Union. The timetable under the Lisbon treaty allows the negotiations to take place until March 2019, but, because it is in the interests of both sides, and it is not just this Parliament that wants to have a vote on the deal—there will be ratification by other Parliaments—I am confident that we will be able to achieve that agreement and that negotiation in time for Parliament to have the vote to which we committed ourselves.