Tory rebellion back on after MPs reject May’s compromise

18 June, 2018, 21:00 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Theresa May’s frantic search for the perfect Brexit compromise

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday it is important to ensure that Parliament cannot block Brexit, but one of the leading MPs in her governing Conservative Party warned that her government could collapse if she does not allow Tory dissidents more influence over the decision and its final terms.

The House of Lords voted by 354 to 235 on Monday evening in favour of an amendment to Brexit legislation which would force ministers to consult Parliament if talks between the European Union and United Kingdom fail to produce an acceptable deal.

Several pro-EU MPs threatened to rebel over whether parliament should have more control over any final deal agreed with the EU in Brussels. "I hope they listen to me when I say I don't understand why you've done this last-minute switch", he added.

At nearly the final moment on Tuesday, the two sides agreed to find a compromise and have until 1600 GMT to present it.

The U.K. Parliament is in a bitter fight over how much power it should have over Brexit - specifically whether lawmakers get to decide what happens next if they vote down the divorce deal Prime Minister Theresa May brings home later this year.

He added: "But this remains hypothetical and the government is confident we will agree a good deal with the European Union which Parliament will support". It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.

Delivering a broadside against Remainer MPs, he told the Express & Star: "It has been made clear that we absolutely can't remain members of the single market, as doing so would represent a betrayal of the Brexit vote".

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Speaking before the vote, foreign minister Boris Johnson reinforced the government's view that discussion of the meaningful vote was hypothetical as ministers were confident of getting a deal with Brussels that parliament will approve.

"If the PM goes back on that there will be no agreed amendment that I can support #sortitplease", leading pro-European lawmaker Anna Soubry tweeted.

"There has been a suggestion that in those circumstances it is a binary choice and you have to leave with no deal".

Prime Minister Theresa May today sought to defend herself against accusations that he had misled MPs in her party on an amendment to the government's Brexit bill as she tries to head off a rebellion this week. And the next day I stood up in Prime Minister's Questions and said I'd put an amendment down in the House of Lords. At the end of the process something was inexplicably changed, which had not been agreed.

In the House of Commons on Thursday morning, Labor's Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer pressed Brexit Secretary David Davis on seemingly conflicting accounts of what the would-be rebels were offered. "Parliament can not - and should not - accept it".

"Having reneged on a promise made to her own colleagues, it is clear she can not be trusted. They are gambling with the country's future purely in an attempt to patch over divisions in the Tory Party". Their critics say they are using it as a ruse to stop Brexit altogether.

She hailed Grieve as a "hero" for supporting a final say on Brexit.

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