Crucial week for Brexit

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

In what is likely to be a highly-charged appearance before the backbench 1922 Committee on Monday, the Prime Minister is expected to say that the way MPs vote will send a message.

Instead he urged government to admit it is "not ready for Brexit and pause, extend or revoke Article 50 so that we do not leave before we are ready".

Lee resigns despite a last-minute plea by May to her party for unity on the issue.

The Democratic Unionist Party has said it will be supporting the government in a series of crucial Brexit votes over the next two days at Westminster.

Lee, who was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, has quit the front bench so he can vote against the government on the "meaningful vote" amendment.

In a speech at the Bright Blue think.


"I believe that the evidence now shows that the Brexit policy our Government is currently pursuing on the basis of the 2016 referendum is detrimental to the people we are elected to serve", he said.

Earlier this year, Mr Lee had called on the government to release its economic impact assessments of Brexit and suggested the government change tack in talks with the EU.

Conservative Remainer MP Sarah Wollaston told BBC Radio 4's Today program that she was "minded" to defy the government on the first of these amendments, which calls for parliament to get a "meaningful vote" on any final deal agreed between the United Kingdom and EU.

In his speech, Lee slammed the government for fighting a crucial amendment, which will be voted Tuesday afternoon, created to give MPs the power to send the government back to Brussels to renegotiate the terms of Britain's departure should the House of Commons reject the final Brexit deal. This means MPs and Lords could tell May to go back to negotiating table and get something better.

"I am incredibly sad to have had to announce my resignation as a minister in Her Majesty's government so that I can better speak up for my constituents and country over how Brexit is now being delivered", Mr Lee said on Twitter.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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