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Tory rebellion back on after MPs reject May's Brexit amendment

Tory rebellion back on after MPs reject May's Brexit amendment

Bill is being finalised in parliament after more than 250 hours of debate.

An agreement that defused a potential rebellion over handing parliament more control over Britain's exit from the European Union looked in danger of unraveling on Wednesday, when the two camps argued over the shape of a possible compromise on a "meaningful vote". "The government has made the motion unamendable, contrary to the usual methods of the House of Commons and therefore it can not be accepted", he said.

The debate began on Tuesday, and will resume at around 1200 GMT Wednesday.

The votes came after two days of bruising debate on the government's key piece of Brexit legislation - the European Union Withdrawal Bill, meant to disentangle Britain from the 28-nation bloc after four decades of membership.

So far, the government has rejected all the other changes proposed by the Lords, including an attempt to remove the fixed Brexit date of March 29, 2019, from the bill. Ministers originally wanted to make this a vote to either accept the deal or to leave without a deal.

But, to the disappointment of some of pro-European MPs, Downing Street rejected a second plan that would allow parliament to step in if no deal were reached by February.

This was not enough to convince the rebels.

"It is unacceptable. At the end of the process something was inexplicably changed, which had not been agreed".

It was defeated in the House of Commons by 327 votes to 126.

The government promised a last-minute concession to rebel lawmakers to avoid defeat, which is understood to be an offer of a parliamentary motion if a final Brexit deal is voted down.

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Anti-Brexit MPs had argued that removing the no-deal effect was necessary for the vote to be a meaningful one.

Moments before the vote, Laura Smith resigned as a shadow Cabinet Office minister and five MPs stood down as parliamentary private secretaries.

Mr Rees-Mogg told Newsnight that the concessions sought by Tories including Dominic Grieve would "gum up" negotiations with the EU.

A paper laying out the U.K. government position on future relations, due to be published this month, has been delayed until July because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

Davis says the government can not accept amendments to Brexit bill that allow Parliament to instruct it on steps to take in an worldwide negotiation.

'We must not weaken the PMs hands in her discussions with Brussels so I hope Philip backs Theresa in the lobbies over the next two days despite any personal reservations he may hold'.

It's an amendment that calls for the government to "take all necessary steps to implement an worldwide trade agreement which enables the U.K.to participate after exit day in a customs union with the EU in the same terms as existed before exit day".

It also imperils the now invisible border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member.

The former attorney general told Press Association: "The Prime Minister agreed that the amendments we had tabled, and the issue that we had raised about Parliament's role in the event of no deal was an important one, and undertook to work with us to put together amendments to present in the Lords which would address those concerns".

This new form of words will then be presented to the Lords on June 18. "Deal or no deal Parliament will have a meaningful vote and to be clear there will be no hard #Brexit when the EUWithdrawal Bill is passed".


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