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Brexit 'meaningful vote' rejected as PM strikes deal with Tory rebels

13 June 2018

While promising "further discussions", he said he was concerned that empowering Parliament to "instruct" ministers what to do in the event of no deal would leave the United Kingdom in "very rocky constitutional territory". That supposedly, according to BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, drew a colorful response from a pro-EU Tory rebel: "If she f**ks us, she's f**ked".

Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve had been a repeat rebel in previous debates, but he voted with the government after "personal assurances" from Theresa May - because he is "quite satisfied" MPs will end up with a meaningful vote anyway. "It enables parliament to dictate to the government their course of action in worldwide negotiations".

"First, we must never do anything that undermines the Government's negotiating position or encourages delays in the negotiations", Mr Davis said.

Lawmakers will vote on Wednesday on whether to dismiss a plan proposed by the upper chamber of parliament which would require ministers to report what efforts they had made to secure a customs union with the EU by the end of October.

Grieve told MPs: "If we don't achieve a deal at all, the fact is we are going to be facing an vast crisis".

Theresa May must stand by assurances she gave to Conservative MPs to halt their rebellion over the European Union withdrawal bill or the Lords may bring a new amendment for rebels to back, leading members of the group have said.

There's no time to get the wording of the compromise text wrong because it will probably be debated and voted on in the House of Lords on Monday, according to one senior government official. A paper laying out the U.K. government position, due to be published this month, has been delayed because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

Opening the debate, Brexit Secretary David Davis insisted the government would abide by three principles to defend the will of the British people. She now relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party. If she fails to deliver on her promises, she will lose their goodwill and face a backlash she won't be able to contain, people familiar with the matter said.

If May is defeated by a wide margin her position as Prime Minister could be threatened.

Under the proposal, if no deal has been reached with Brussels by this point, the government will return to the House of Commons to determine the next course of action.

Asked about what had been promised, Mr Buckland, the solicitor general, said the government remained "open-minded" but he would not "blithely" commit to any changes until he had had those conversations. Philip Lee said a choice between "bad and worse" options was not giving MPs a meaningful vote.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Mr Bridgen accused Tory Remainers supportive of Dominic Grieve's amendment to the Brexit bill of deliberatively attempting to stop the United Kingdom leaving the European Union completely. Theresa May has said no British government would ever agree to a hard border there.

To buy off a group of Tory rebels - whose ranks were boosted by the shock resignation of Justice Minister Phillip Lee Tuesday morning - the prime minister agreed in principle, according to the rebels, to write into law a new deadline in the Brexit talks: November 30, 2018.

Brexit 'meaningful vote' rejected as PM strikes deal with Tory rebels