Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Sterling rises as PM May wins parliament vote on Brexit

Sterling rises as PM May wins parliament vote on Brexit

The government also managed to block the meaningful vote amendment, that would have meant a softer Brexit.

The Government has avoided a major defeat on its Brexit Bill after a last-minute concession, Tory rebel Dominic Grieve explains just exactly what the concession was. One says: "If we do not get what we were promised the Government will be defeated after we have amended the Bill in the Lords".

"In all conscience, I can not support the Government's decision to oppose this amendment because doing so breaches such fundamental principles of human rights and Parliamentary sovereignty".

To buy off a group of Tory rebels - whose ranks were boosted by the shock resignation of Justice Minister Phillip Lee Tuesday morning - the prime minister agreed in principle, according to the rebels, to write into law a new deadline in the Brexit talks: November 30, 2018.

After the "meaningful vote" amendment was rejected, he tweeted: "Delighted that the Government has agreed to introduce an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which will give Parliament the voice I always wanted it to have in the Brexit process".

Dismissing the Government's compromise, she tweeted: "Merely issuing a statement in response would make it a meaningless final vote".

If some of its leave-supporting lawmakers choose to vote against the amendment, the government could avoid defeat altogether.

Speaking to a packed meeting of Tory MPs - including Chancellor Philip Hammond, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Environment Secretary Michael Gove - May said: "We must think about the message Parliament will send to the European Union this week".

Several pro-EU Conservative MPs said they would join the opposition in voting against the government.

The Brexit Secretary warned that the UK's entire approach to negotiations with the EU is at risk of being undermined by amendments to its flagship EU Withdrawal bill.


"This justifies my decision to resign and makes it a lot less painful".

During Tuesday's debate, Ms Soubry told the House of Commons that a fellow Remainer MP had to be guarded by six armed undercover police officers at a recent public event.

He said a concession of this kind would been "revolutionary" as the Commons can not override the government when it came to negotiating global treaties.

He confirmed that ministers will seek to overturn 14 amendments which he said would undermine the objective of the Bill and fail to respect the result of the 2016 referendum.

In a concession, the government promised that lawmakers would have a say on what to do next if there is no agreement with the European Union, or if Parliament rejects the deal offered.

However, Devon Tory Sarah Wollaston signalled that she would back Mr Grieve's amendment.

LONDON - A junior member of Prime Minister Theresa May's government resigned Tuesday over Brexit, emboldening pro-EU lawmakers ahead of key votes in Parliament on Britain's departure from the European Union.

"However, facing the prospect of a humiliating defeat, Theresa May has been forced to enter negotiations with her backbenchers and offer a so-called concession".

Rebels had been pushing for an amendment that would have given Parliament unprecedented powers over the final stages of Brexit talks.

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