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In Brexit showdown, British PM May faces challenge over 'meaningful vote'

13 June 2018

"Where some of its most senior people who hold the greatest offices of state, at every twist and turn, when our Prime Minister moves towards securing a Brexit that will serve everybody in our country, the softest, most sensible Brexit, both publicly and privately they undermine her and scupper her attempts".

Theresa May argued that the Conservative party had to stay united to strengthen her negotiating position in Brussels.

Overall MPs voted against the House of Lords' amendments in three separate votes.

MPs voted down the Lords amendment on "sifting regulations" by a majority of 22.

In a concession, the government promised that lawmakers would have a say on what to do next if there is no agreement with the European Union, or if Parliament rejects the deal offered.

Grieve had suggested in clause C of his alternative proposal that if there was still no deal by 15 February next year, the government would have had to hand over the reins to the House of Commons to set its Brexit strategy.

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He confirmed that ministers will seek to overturn 14 amendments which he said would undermine the goal of the Bill and fail to respect the result of the 2016 referendum.

Labour MPs said they were confident the government would have been defeated if it had been pushed to the vote.

Justice minister Phillip Lee is the first minister to resign over the government's Brexit policy.

The government is resisting the changes, which are aimed at softening the terms of the U.K.'s exit from the European Union.

Brexit Secretary David Davis and Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

"I've been through this before when in opposition and now that when we're in Government, because if the House makes the concession of allowing the dialogue to continue and I can see the merit of that happening, it has got to be done in good faith".

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However, in a sign that the government saw the prospect of defeat looming, solicitor general Robert Buckland intervened from the front bench saying there was "much merit" to parts of the compromise amendment.

Details of the government's commitment will have to be formalised next week in a new amendment to the bill.

At times ministers engaged in public negotiations from the despatch box, with leading Conservative rebel Dominic Grieve and other rebels later leaving the chamber with the whips to discuss the concessions.

"A vote between bad and worse is not a meaningful vote". But a government official said they had just agreed to open talks on the basis of the rebel amendment.

In Tuesday's key vote, the government headed off a potential Conservative backbench rebellion and the vote passed by 324 votes to 298.

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In Brexit showdown, British PM May faces challenge over 'meaningful vote'