Brexit: House of Lords EU Withdrawal Bill amendment voted down by MPs

Brexit: House of Lords EU Withdrawal Bill amendment voted down by MPs

In Westminster, a government fearing defeat in the Commons made concessions to rebel Tory MPs to give the house more of a veto than it's ever had over Brexit negotiations.

Some lawmakers tried to shout him down and accused the government of wanting too much power.

Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme what would happen under Government plans if MPs voted against the deal eventually secured by Mrs May, Mr Davis said: "If they throw it out, well, they throw it out". The U.K. voted to leave the political and economic bloc of 28 nations in June 2016. At stake is her Brexit strategy and her ability to hold her party together as she fights to deliver a Brexit divorce deal in the next 10 months.

"The prime minister said that the votes were important in terms of the message they send to Brussels", May's spokesman said she told her cabinet team of ministers. "Now we have a real vote and an opportunity for Parliament to influence and approve the final deal", Nicky Morgan, a high-profile pro-EU lawmaker, said in an interview.

This included the House of Commons having to approve any government action in Brexit talks if it has not reached an exit deal with the European Union by the end of November. Rebel ringleader Dominic Grieve had signalled he was prepared to lead a revolt and inflict a second Brexit defeat on the Government. With that being the case, Parliament seems highly unlikely to vote down the Brexit deal proposed to it in the autumn.

May's government is divided between Brexit-backing ministers such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who support a clean break with the European Union, and those such as Treasury chief Philip Hammond who want to keep closely aligned to the bloc, Britain's biggest trading partner.

"Thirdly, we must under all circumstances respect the result of the referendum".


A junior British justice minister said on Tuesday he will resign and will vote with pro-European Union rebels who want parliament to have the power to force the government to go back to the negotiating table if they reject a Brexit deal.

The European Union Withdrawal Bill, a complex piece of legislation meant to disentangle Britain from the bloc, has had a rocky ride through Parliament.

Issues most likely to provoke rebellions include the "meaningful vote" and the question of whether the date of Brexit should be written into law - both due this afternoon - as well as whether the United Kingdom should stay in the customs union or EEA, which should come early on Wednesday evening.

If May is defeated in the House of Commons it will be yet another blow to a prime minister whose authority has been challenged several times since last year's election. After losing her party's majority in parliament at an ill-judged election previous year, she now relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party and the distance between victory and defeat is narrow.

The right-wing press is presenting the upcoming votes as a make-or-break moment, continuing its longstanding tactic of describing the Brexit process as the "will of the people" and any attempts to seek greater democratic oversight of the process as "undemocratic".

"The question of what form parliamentary approval of the withdrawal bill takes is one of the most significant decisions this house will have to take", he said.

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