Government compromise on 'meaningful vote' avoids Brexit defeat

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2018

Facing the prospect of losing a vote on a crucial amendment to the government's flagship Brexit legislation - which was created to empower parliament to vote down the final deal without risking a "no-deal" exit from the bloc - ministers intervened with a concession at the 11th hour even as MPs were wrapping up debate on the controversial measure.

"Whatever we do, we're not going to reverse that [decision to leave the EU]", Mr. David told BBC radio.

Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, May said the government could never allow the hands of the government to be tied in the negotiations or allow the Brexit decision to be reversed.

When asked if Ms.

And what if the Brexiters force May to renege on her putative pledge to the Remainer rebels?

The Tanaiste Simon Coveney will brief the Cabinet today on the status of Brexit negotiations.

Fellow potential rebel Heidi Allen also said Downing Street's position contradicted what the prime minister had told backbenchers in her parliamentary office on Tuesday.

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Solicitor General Robert Buckland intervened four times during a speech by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, whose amendment would effectively give MPs a veto on the government's negotiating agenda if a deal isn't done by the end of November.

The UK parliament passed an amendment to the European Union withdrawal Bill which commits Theresa May to avoid a hard border or any new "checks and controls" between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The battle now moves to the House of Lords, where the government will formally reveal how much it has conceded in the wording of a new amendment expected on Monday or Tuesday. "We have to come back together and we have to do the right thing". In three hours, a constitutional absurdity had become a political necessity.

Meanwhile, the remain-supporting Conservatives are increasingly divided over whether to follow a similar path, although the threat of rebellion from a minority contingent of Brexit-supporting MPs within the party has so-far prevented government from making an overt commitment to a change of policy.

She added: "Everybody now has to stand up and be true to what they believe in".

"The gap is: what happens if there is no deal?".

There are mutterings from Brexiteers that a betrayal on this could be the moment they go over the top and withdraw their support from the prime minister; this is a showdown averted but not killed off. "Part of the reason we had the meeting with the prime minister and the chief whip is we have had undertakings given at the dispatch box, which have not been was the prime minister's personal assurance that was important to us".

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