May in fresh standoff with Tory rebels over Brexit demands

May in fresh standoff with Tory rebels over Brexit demands

May in fresh standoff with Tory rebels over Brexit demands

The meaningful vote is probably the most risky of the Lords amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill - because it tees up an unpredictable vote on the final terms of Brexit, towards the end of this year, and opens up the possibility that MPs could demand that ministers change policy, in the event the terms were rejected by the House, or no deal was reached in the talks with the EU.... they could even demand (drumroll) a second referendum...

Earlier, a junior minister resigned to fight for a "meaningful vote" for MPs, saying the government was offering a "fake choice" between "a bad deal and no deal".

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Failure to appease the rebels would likely see May defeated in parliament in the coming weeks, blowing apart Tuesday's hard-won truce and badly undermining her leadership of a minority government and a divided political party.

Opening the debate, Brexit Secretary David Davis insisted the government would abide by three principles to defend the will of the British people.

Nick said: "You were told what to do, why won't you do it?"

"We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the government's hands in the negotiations".

Morgan said if a compromise amendment did not emerge, rebels could work with the Lords to ensure the changes took place.

Theresa May is facing one of the biggest tests of her leadership, with Tory rebels threatening to vote against their own party to force through amendments to the bill.

As I write the full terms of the deal have yet to be revealed, but there is briefing ministers have conceded that a motion, which could be amended, would be put before MPs, in event a final divorce deal is voted down.

Tory grandee Ken Clarke said: "It was the most significant thing that happened yesterday, but in the circus that surrounded everything and the timetable stopped us debating it".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street from the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 12, 2018.

Morgan, who met the prime minister along with Grieve and a dozen more MPs including Sarah Wollaston, Antoinette Sandbach, George Freeman and Justine Greening, said there had been specific assurances as discussions came "down to the wire".

She added she was sure Mrs May "will honour her word". How does parliament have a say in those circumstances?

"In all conscience, I can not support the Government's decision to oppose this amendment because doing so breaches such fundamental principles of human rights and Parliamentary sovereignty".

"I don't think that's right", she said.

There are mutterings from Brexiteers that a betrayal on this could be the moment they go over the top and withdraw their support from the prime minister; this is a showdown averted but not killed off.

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