Brexit: May Un-Surrenders to Tory Remainers, Faces Parliamentary Rebellion

Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London Britain

Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London Britain

Conservative MPs react with fury as they accuse Theresa May of breaking her promise to give parliament a veto on a no-deal Brexit.

The government's amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill sets out what must happen in the event of three scenarios: If MPs vote down the UK-EU Brexit deal, if Theresa May announces before 21 January 2019 that no deal has been reached, or if 21st January passes with no deal being struck.

"There is no attempt here to overturn the referendum or to micromanage the negotiations simply that the majority of MPs will not support a cliff-edge no-deal Brexit & will insist on a meaningful vote".

Prime Minister Theresa May defused a rebellion in parliament over her Brexit plans on Tuesday but only after having to compromise and hand lawmakers more control over Britain's departure from the European Union.

Next week the bill will return for debate in the House of Lords, with both the government amendment and Mr. "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". The Government's current proposal would neuter Parliament if the Government failed to reach a Brexit deal. They planned to vote against a government proposal, which they said did not offer them a "meaningful vote". He added he would listen to the government but "I hope they listen to me when I say I don't understand why you've done this last-minute switch".

The issue with Grieve's position identified by Brexiteers is that it effectively allows Remainer MPs to reject any deal the Prime Minister produces as "not good enough" and to reject the alternative of "No Deal" as well - effectively cancelling Brexit.

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, who had planned to rebel on Tuesday but was bought off by the Prime Minister, took to Twitter to express her disappointment.

After winning Tuesday's ballot over changes to a future "meaningful vote" on a final agreement with Brussels in her European Union withdrawal bill, May's plans to end more than 40 years of membership in the bloc were still on track.

But Mrs May told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "I did indeed meet a group of my fellow MPs".

In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Lee said he planned to back Grieve's amendment, and indicated that other ministers could be prepared to follow his example.

This trend toward a soft Brexit has alarmed euroskeptic campaigners including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who fears the United Kingdom could end up forever in the EU's orbit, rather than breaking free to strike trade deals with other countries around the world.

Mr Grieve said he had been involved in talks for two days and: "at the end of the process something was inexplicably changed, which had not been agreed. Parliament can not - and should not - accept it".

"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".

Labour's Brexit policy chief, Keir Starmer, said May had been forced to avoid a "humiliating defeat" and "to enter negotiations with her backbenchers".

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