Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Britain's Theresa May wins key vote, but loses a junior minister


Just hours earlier, Downing Street had signalled the prime minister had no intention of accepting Grieve's compromise amendment to the European Union withdrawal bill, tabled by the former attorney general and aimed at ensuring ministers can't "crash out of the European Union by ministerial fiat", as he called it.

The Lords amendment would have given parliament the power to decide what happened next, with the possibility of going back to the negotiating table or even staying in the bloc.

Theresa May ultimately persuaded all but two of her MPs to back her in the decisive vote in Westminster on Tuesday - but she increasingly appears little more than a hostage to the warring factions in a bitterly divided Conservative party.

But Solicitor General Robert Buckland said while talks may "yield fruit" - he could not guarantee a change in policy.

Her fellow Conservative backbencher Stephen Hammond said: "Parliament must be able to have its say in a "no deal" situation".

Now the focus shifts to the price of the rebels' compliance, and it could be a high one for the beleaguered prime minister.

Details of precisely what this will involve could emerge in the coming days when the EU Withdrawal bill is due to return to the House of Lords.

"The question of what form parliamentary approval of the withdrawal bill takes is one of the most significant decisions this house will have to take", he said.

Lawmakers will vote on Tuesday and Wednesday this week on amendments to the European Union withdrawal bill - legislation to sever ties with the bloc by essentially copying and pasting the bloc's laws so that Britain's legal system can function after March.

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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"I would hope and am confident that today's debates and tomorrow's debates will take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect in which opinions sincerely held will be robustly articulated", he said.

"If it were to turn out there was a problem, we will deal with it". "There could be a confidence motion [in the prime minister] or an early general election". "I am sure a sensible amendment will be forthcoming which we can all agree to".

Also on Tuesday, the government successfully overturned an attempt to remove the date of Brexit from the face of the bill.

The government's eleventh hour amendment, lifted in large parts from Tory Remainer Dominic Grieve's own proposal and to be presented to the Lords on Monday, is expected to give MPs the right to veto the government's strategy if it fails to secure a political agreement with the European Union by 30 November. The government fears a weakened negotiating position. Wollaston tweeted: "Following further assurances that further govt amendments will come forward in the Lords, I will now be supporting the govt".

"There is no inconsistency here". The U.K. voted to leave the political and economic bloc of 28 nations in June 2016.

The pro-EU faction got a boost when junior justice minister Phillip Lee resigned Tuesday, saying he could no longer support the government's "irresponsible" plans for Brexit.

In an earlier vote, MPs voted by 328 votes to 297 to disagree with another Lords amendment which was linked to changes to the day Britain leaves the EU.

If agreed, ministers would have until the end of November this year to secure a Brexit deal before seeking the approval of parliament.

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