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United Kingdom minister resigns, plans to rebel over parliament's Brexit role

United Kingdom minister resigns, plans to rebel over parliament's Brexit role

But while the well-worn arguments focusing on the nature of a meaningful vote were made, the real drama was taking place on the floor of the chamber where chief whip Julian Smith, solicitor general Robert Buckland and Brexit secretary David Davis as well as the Prime Minister's parliamentary private secretary (PPS) George Holingberry were in deep discussion with each other and Grieve, as they sought to avert an embarrassment for the government.

The concession allowed the government to defeat a Lords amendment calling for parliament to have "a meaningful vote" on any eventual Brexit deal by 324 votes to 298.

The parts of his amendment which he expects to be taken forward by ministers provide a mechanism by which Parliament has to be consulted by the end of November in the event of no deal or if a proposed agreement is rejected, he said.

Consequently a defeat on a number of Lords amendments to the European Union withdrawal bill was avoided, but there are further votes tomorrow.

Leading Conservative rebels welcomed the "important concessions" by the government, but insisted that ministers must follow through on their concession or face a defeat when the bill returns to the House of Commons later this month. As the clock ticked down to the vote, two rebels stood up to say they were satisfied with what the government had offered them.

He said giving Parliament power to direct the government's hand in talks would be "an unconstitutional shift which risks undermining our negotiations with the European Union".

Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve had been a repeat rebel in previous debates, but he voted with the government after "personal assurances" from Theresa May - because he is "quite satisfied" MPs will end up with a meaningful vote anyway.

Heidi Allen was one of the 14 Tory rebels who struck a deal with the Prime Minister last night in order to back the EU Withdrawal Bill in parliament last night.

241 Labour MPs backed the amendment, including the shadow cabinet and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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On June 13, one amendment on joining the European Economic Area - the single market - will likely fall because the main opposition Labour Party is against it.

Five Labour MPs - Ronnie Campbell, Frank Field, Kate Hoey, John Mann and Graham Stringer - voted with the government.

The SNP doesn't have any Lords because of an ideological disagreement with the concept of an unelected upper house - but it does have plenty of MPs in the Commons.

May is racing against the clock on Brexit and fighting battles on multiple fronts.

Pro-EU lawmakers, however, welcomed it as a signal that the government was moving towards ruling out a hardline "no deal" Brexit.

Lib DemsVince Cable has been campaigning relentlessly against Brexit. At this point, the main way in which a no-deal Brexit might happen is if the process simply runs out of time and the United Kingdom is unable to get Article 50 extended. Its Lords were instrumental in bringing about some of the amendments that have been sent back to the Commons.

The Lords amendment would require ministers to prioritise Norway-style membership of the EEA, which would again breach Mrs May's red lines and be seen by Leave backers as "Brexit in name only".

Will that knowledge mean a softer Brexit strategy will now emerge?


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