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MPs force major soft Brexit shift

MPs force major soft Brexit shift

The remain-supporting opposition Labour Party has since beaten a retreat from its earlier position and is now attempting to force government into keeping the United Kingdom inside of the EU customs union and single market.

Around 15-20 pro-EU Tories were given assurances in a face-to-face discussion with the Prime Minister in her Commons office ahead of the vote.

The Conservative backbencher revealed that six undercover police officers gave protection to an MP on a public engagement amid claims that threats were influencing Brexit votes.

Opening debate on the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons, Mr Davis warned that the "cumulative effect" of a series of Lords amendments would "make it impossible to deliver the smooth and orderly exit we want".

The disagreement centres on whether the government agreed to consider a specific clause of the rebel proposal that would hand parliament control of the Brexit process if ministers are unable to strike an exit deal by February 15, 2019.

The concession was prompted by an amendment from Dominic Grieve which demanded MPs had a bigger say on the final withdrawal agreement. The "meaningful vote" amendment, which would assert Parliament's authority over the negotiations and effectively hand control to MPs, still represents an opportunity to turn the whole process on its head.

Soon after, Mr Buckland intervened on Mr Grieve to suggest talks over a compromise deal.




Conservative Remainer Anna Soubry and her colleague, Bernard Jenkin, a staunch Brexiteer, clashed on Twitter over what May had or had not promised regarding Grieve's compromise amendment.

Does the Government have a hand in it?

The government will face an nearly certain defeat if it now reneges on a promise to give MPs more of a say over the final Brexit deal.

She was so supportive towards the former attorney general, as he argued for Parliament to have a "meaningful vote" on the terms of the Brexit deal, that it seemed probable she would join the Euro-rebels in voting for it....

- PM avoids damaging "meaningful vote" defeat through new concessions.

The government was putting a combative spin on the concessions Tuesday evening: "The Brexit Secretary has set out three tests that any new amendment has to meet - not undermining the negotiations, not changing the constitutional role of Parliament and Government in negotiating worldwide treaties, and respecting the referendum result", a spokesperson for the Brexit department said in a statement.

Jeremy Corbyn made fun of the deep divisions within Theresa May's cabinet over Brexit during PMQs on Wednesday, after the prime minister narrowly avoided a humiliating defeat in parliament.