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May's Brexit compromise hits snag, wrangling to continue

17 June 2018

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said the amendment addressed a "hypothetical" scenario adding: "The government is confident we will agree a good deal with the EU which Parliament will support".

Mr Grieve said a satisfactory amendment to the Brexit bill which granted MPs a vote on the final deal had been drawn up after talks with him. And crucially, the statement would be unamendable.

Speaking on BBC One's Question Time, Dominic Grieve MP, said the government's amendment "made the motion unamendable, contrary to the usual methods of the House of Commons. It is not in accordance with the normal procedures of the House of Commons and it totally negates the point of the amendment, which was to give MPs a say". He said the final decision on the wording was taken by May.

His thoughts were echoed by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management's (CIWEM) senior policy adviser Heather Jones: "We are pleased that MPs have recognised the importance of enshrining the environmental principles that have protected and improved our natural habitats for decades in primary legislation, and for a new watchdog with the necessary teeth to hold the Government to account on its implementation of environmental law".

Manchester's opposition leader John Leech has hit out at Labour after they refused to oppose the Conservatives Government's bid to remove any reference of the European Economic Area (EEA) membership from the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Ms Cooper added she believes there is a majority across the country and Government in favour of a "close economic relationship", which means some version of single market participation - or as close as the United Kingdom can get to it.

She convinced Tory Remainers not to go ahead with a bid to bolster the "meaningful vote" on Tuesday by telling them she would find a compromise way forward.

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Next week the bill will return for debate in the House of Lords, with both the government amendment and Mr. On the one hand, May's latest effort to quell a pro-EU mutiny looked to be in trouble.

Peers are now to debate the Government proposals on Monday, along with a rival amendment tabled by Lord Hailsham, which revives Mr Grieve's proposal for MPs to be enabled to direct the government on what to do if no Brexit deal has been secured by February.

"Grateful for the conversations but without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed", she said.

A dramatic week in United Kingdom politics, full of tragicomic fumbles and accusations of betrayal, has left one thing clear: Parliament's growing role in Brexit has only added to the obstacles in Prime Minister Theresa May's path.

"The meaningful vote is going to be either the government's deal is accepted in which case that is the meaningful vote to accept it or it isn't accepted, in which case frankly there is going to be a new government", he told "Sky News".

"Theresa May has gone back on her word and offered an amendment that takes the meaning out of the meaningful vote", he added.

Under these circumstances, a minister must make a statement in Parliament setting out their next steps and give MPs an opportunity to vote.

May's Brexit compromise hits snag, wrangling to continue