Saturday, 25 May, 2019

Theresa May avoids Commons defeat after Brexit climbdown

Britain's Secretary of State for Education Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan Tory Remainers Threaten Open Rebellion if May Reneges on Brexit Vote Pledge
Steven Clarke | 14 June, 2018, 08:02

The pro-European cause was boosted when junior justice minister Phillip Lee, a friend of May's, resigned shortly before the debate in order to back the veto amendment.

Remain-supporting Dr Lee quit as justice minister live on stage during a speech in London, saying he could not support "how our country's exit from the European Union looks set to be delivered".

Earlier, Brexit minister David Davis told parliament a government defeat would undermine negotiations with Brussels and warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to "reverse Brexit".

The House of Commons voted 327 to 126 to reject the amendment proposed by the House of Lords.

A statement from the Brexit ministry said the government had agreed to "look for a compromise".

This evening, I have resigned as Shadow Defence PPS to vote in favour of the Lords EEA amendment.

"A vote between bad and worse is not a meaningful vote".

She added: "I can not countenance parliament being able to overturn the will of the British people". "It is, however, irresponsible to proceed as we are".

"It does mean looking at ownership and the prospect of profit-sharing, it involves more representation of consumers and workers in decision-making".

"Effectively we are going to reproduce the customs union and the single market and the government will not be able to comply with yesterday's legal obligation unless it does so".

Nashville in the running to host 2026 FIFA World Cup games
Soccer president was plenty confident that the United States, Canada and Mexico would win the rights to host the 2026 World Cup . Several hotels around the metro would host teams and FIFA VIPs during the tournament.

Caroline Flint, a remainer whose Don Valley constituency voted more than two to one to leave, defended her constituents who she said had been insulted "day in and day out by some of the comments in this place and outside are not against all migration".

Remain-supporting Conservative MPs had threatened to defeat the government on an amendment known as the "meaningful vote" amendment, which would have given Parliament a wide-ranging veto to May's Brexit deal, or even bring about another referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU.

On Tuesday night MPs passed a little-noticed amendment to the EU Withdrawal bill, which many MPs now believe could effectively force Britain to stay in the single market after Brexit.

May is seeking to overturn 14 of 15 amendments passed by the Lords earlier this year, but has a fight on her hands due to her fragile majority in the 650-seat Commons.

Conservative Brexit campaigners accused those in the party who indicated they would vote against the government of not respecting the referendum result.

Grieve's amendment was in three parts.

British Prime Minister Theresa May avoided a major blow to her Brexit strategy on Tuesday after lawmakers rejected a plan that would have given parliament a veto on the final deal negotiated with Brussels.

It would also give hard Brexiteers the chance to "scupper a good deal", she claimed.

An agreement that defused a potential rebellion over handing parliament more control over Britain's exit from the European Union looked in danger of unraveling on Wednesday, when the two camps argued over the shape of a possible compromise on a "meaningful vote".

However, the compromise is only likely to delay a full-blown showdown on the customs union until trade legislation returns to the Commons in July.

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