Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn hit by backbench revolt by 75 MPs in Brexit vote

Jeremy Corbyn hit by backbench revolt by 75 MPs in Brexit vote

Ministers defeated a move to give MPs the decisive say on what happens over Brexit if they do not agree with the final deal negotiated by the United Kingdom government.

Elsewhere in a day of drama, the main opposition Labour party suffered a large rebellion by its MPs seeking to keep Britain in the EU's single market.

But, the pro-EU MPs' version of what they were promised appears to differ from what they government says it offered, threatening to reignite the dispute and reviving the possibility of a revolt that would badly damage May's authority.

Before the vote, she assured lawmakers she would honour her promise and deal with the "concerns raised about the role of parliament in relation to the Brexit process".

The Government secured the right to kick out the EEA amendment to the Brexit Bill proposed by the Lords with 327 votes to 126.

LONDON - Theresa May avoided defeats on key pillars of her Brexit policy after a majority of MPs voted with the United Kingdom government to defeat a number of amendments on Wednesday evening.

In a battle of wills between the prime minister and the House of Commons on Tuesday, it was Theresa May who emerged weakened having been pushed into a series of significant concessions to anti-Brexit Conservative MPs in order to fend off a damaging parliamentary defeat.

MPs voted down the Lords amendment on "sifting regulations" by a majority of 22.

One of the thorniest issues being debated Wednesday was Britain's future customs relationship with the EU. But pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen said it was inevitable "we will have to come to a customs union agreement", even if it was given another label.

The amendment in question hinges on whether lawmakers will get a "meaningful" vote on Britain's membership of the European Union.


If May is defeated by a wide margin her position as Prime Minister could be threatened. The government should be investing more in housing, the health service and education to relieve pressure on services, he said, not ending free movement of labor.

- PM to discuss amendment handing control of negotiations to parliament.

This was confirmed to BI last week by a leading Tory rebel, who said: "The real fight will come with the trade bill later this year".

In response to the votes, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable accused Labour of conspiring with the Conservatives to "wave through a hard Brexit".

The European Economic Area amendment seeks to keep Britain in the European single market via membership of the EEA after it has left the EU - also known as the Norway model. Philip Lee said a choice between "bad and worse" options was not giving MPs a meaningful vote.

In a statement, Jeremy Corbyn said he understood the "difficulties" facing MPs "representing constituencies which voted strongly for Leave or Remain" on the issue of the EEA.

Junior Labour frontbenchers Laura Smith, Ged Killen, Ellie Reeves, Tonia Antoniazzi and Anna McMorrin stepped down from their roles on Wednesday night.

However, Labour MPs from Leave-voting seats - like Caroline Flint and Gareth Snell - have warned Corbyn that an EEA-style Brexit would not respect the wishes of Leave voters.

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