Tory rebels set to abstain on Brexit amendment

Tory rebels set to abstain on Brexit amendment

Tory rebels set to abstain on Brexit amendment

The concession means MPs could now be handed the power to seek to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union without a Brexit deal. A paper laying out the U.K. government position, due to be published this month, has been delayed because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance. The European Union Withdrawal Bill, meant to enact Britain's exit from the bloc, has had a rocky ride through Parliament.

The solicitor general, Robert Buckland, said after the meeting: "We all hang together or we will hang separately".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chair of the influential European Research Group of MPs. told the BBC that a concession of this kind would have been "revolutionary" as the Commons can not override the government when it came to negotiating global treaties.

"This isn't about narrow party politics", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

In his speech Grieve said he wanted to see progress on having a "proper structure" to address a no deal scenario, adding: "I don't think this Bill can finish its course and get royal assent until we have that". The Lords amendment was defeated in the Commons Tuesday by 324 votes to 298. May is anxious about the prospect of a rebellion by pro-E.U.

Some europhile Conservatives were reported to be backing away, anxious that if Ms.

Some pro-EU Tories were reported to be backing away amid fears Mrs May could be fatally damaged by defeat, opening the way for a hardline Brexiteer to take over at the top of the party.

Until just a few days ago, it looked like members of Parliament would overturn key parts of May's Brexit plans - and in turn wield the power to bring down her government.

The result followed a day of high drama as a justice minister in May's government resigned in order to back the amendment.

The votes in the House of Commons, the elected chamber, could influence negotiations over the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit.

"For me, this is about the important principle of parliamentary sovereignty". "A vote between bad and worse is not a meaningful vote".

Theresa May pleaded with rebellious Conservatives not to undermine her in talks with Brussels as she braced herself for knife-edge Brexit votes in the Commons starting on Tuesday. "The end of March 2019, we leave the E.U. Full stop".

The government won the vote after last-minute horse-trading, some of it in the open on the floor of the House of Commons - some behind closed doors.

Another key vote is on keeping the United Kingdom in European Economic Area, but the proposal has little chance of making it through as Labour is likely to tell its MPs to abstain on the vote.

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