Britain's Theresa May wins key vote, but loses a junior minister

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

The motion to reject the Lords amendment, which would have given MPs control over the government's negotiation strategy and the final exit deal, therefore passed by 324 votes to 298 - a majority of 26 votes.

The government insisted it would not allow MPs to tie its hands in Brexit negotiations, despite being forced to offer a last-ditch concession to Tory rebels to stave off a House of Commons defeat.

MPs said they were offered, in a last-minute concession, real "input" if no deal with the European Union was done by December.

Our lobby team has also been told by Conservative sources that four more junior ministers were considering following Lee by quitting their jobs as part of a coordinated plot to scupper May's Brexit plans. 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".

Remain-supporting Conservative MPs had threatened to defeat the government on an amendment to the bill which would have given Parliament a wide-ranging veto to May's Brexit deal, or even force a second referendum.

Theresa May has suffered a ministerial resignation ahead of crunch Commons votes on Brexit, with Phillip Lee hitting out at the Government's "irresponsible" approach.

Rebel leader Dominic Grieve tabled a last-minute compromise amendment last night, which scaled back the demands of the House of Lords position but which would give MPs the power to block a no-deal Brexit.

Details of precisely what this will involve will be agreed in the coming days when the bill is due to return to the House of Lords and ministers could table a fresh amendment. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

This change sought to give greater powers to the "sifting committee", which would be established to decide whether recommendations proposed by ministers to amend retained European Union law after Brexit would require a Commons vote.


Dr Lee's shock departure came as Brexit Secretary David Davis warned potential Tory rebels that they can not undo the European Union referendum, ahead of a tricky 48 hours in which the Government will try to get its Brexit programme back on track.

The legislation is now back before the House of Commons after a total of 15 defeats by the House of Lords.

At the very least, Grieve and his colleagues have succeeded in throwing up a series of new parliamentary barriers to a no-deal Brexit.

She will also be tested on Wednesday by rebels in her own party over her commitment to leave the EU's single market and customs union, which will transform Britain's future trading relationships for many years to come.

The E.U. (Withdrawal) Bill is the draft law that would set the legal framework for Brexit and Ms.

"I absolutely trust what the Prime Minister says to us", he told BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

MPs, ministers and officials all agreed Tuesday that a soft Brexit or even the prospect of no Brexit is greatly increased - so too the prospect of a snap early election before the end of the year.

As with last week's set-to with Davis over the Northern Irish backstop, both sides of the Brexit culture war in the Tory party were nearly immediately in dispute about what the climbdown meant - and who had won.

Buckland responded by telling MPs that Grieve's comments would form "a clear basis for a formal set of discussions that we can start at the earliest opportunity".

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