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

United Kingdom government avoids Brexit defeat with promise to Tory rebels


Commenting on the government's actions to avoid a defeat over the "meaningful vote" demands, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: "This vote was about ensuring Parliament was given a proper role in the Brexit negotiations and that we avoid a no deal situation, which is becoming more likely with the divisions at the heart of this government".

The U.K. government has agreed to give parliament more power over its Brexit negotiations in a last-ditch bid to avoid a damaging House of Commons defeat. The results could also deliver a further blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's authority, which was severely damaged when she.

The new amendment, proposed by Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, will now be considered when the bill returns to the House of Lords, with government whips indicating to the rebels that they will accept the bulk of the amendment. But there is going to be no binary choice of the deal on the table or no deal, with Parliament bypassed.

Among the 14 amendments to the Bill - set to be voted on by MPs on Tuesday and Wednesday - are changes which would see the United Kingdom stay in the Single Market and would allow Parliament to dictate future negotiating terms.

May says the changes would weaken the government's negotiating position, and the government will try to alter or reverse them in the House of Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Earlier Phillip Lee - who quit as a justice minister to oppose the government on Brexit - received a round of applause after he set out his stance.

The most important is the Lords' plan to give Parliament a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal.

Justify claims Triple Crown with win at Belmont Stakes
Horses had come close to breaking it in recent years but it wasn't until Justify arrived that the superstition was put to rest. Vino Rosso finished fourth, followed by Tenfold , Bravazo , Free Drop Billy , Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.


"Anything that undermines the government at home will make negotiations with the European Union more hard", May told a meeting of her cabinet. It also attacked the unelected nature of the House of Lords (which traditionally scrutinizes laws passed to it by the elected lower chamber), linking it to a perceived attempt to frustrate the Brexit process.

A paper laying out the UK government position, due to be published this month, has been delayed because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

Parliamentary debates about complex legal amendments rarely rouse much heat, but passions run high over anything to do with Brexit.

Ukip leader Gerard Batten said: "The only "meaningful vote" was the verdict of the people in referendum of 23rd June 2016".

It featured a British flag and the headline: "Ignore the will of the people at your peril".

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.

'The goal of the EU Withdrawal Bill is simple - it is putting EU legislation into law to ensure a smooth and orderly transition as we leave, ' she is expected to tell them.

Like this: