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United Kingdom justice minister resigns over Brexit ahead of key votes

13 June 2018, 06:59 | Erica Roy

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May had feared a rebellion by her Conservative MPs over the motion, one of 15 submitted by the unelected upper House of Lords on which lawmakers will vote over the coming two days.

"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 global treaties, and respecting the referendum result".

Rebel leader Dominic Grieve tabled a last-minute compromise amendment last night, which scaled back the demands of the House of Lords position but which would give MPs the power to block a no-deal Brexit.

Two days of debate on the laws that will end Britain's European Union membership have crystallised long-running divisions within May's party about the best strategy for leaving the European Union, bringing to a head issues that will determine the relationship between the world's fifth-largest economy and its biggest trading bloc.

Buckland indicated the government would look into the possibility of adopting Grieve's push for ministers to secure parliamentary approval for their Brexit plans if they fail to negotiate a deal with the EU.

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. 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".

However, ministers made a last minute offer to enter talks about accepting the bulk of an alternative rebel amendment which would give MPs more limited powers to prevent Britain from crashing out of the European Union without a deal. Her mission is clear: to find a way to unite the warring Brexit factions in her party before they derail the government.

Conservative lawmaker Phillip Lee resigned as a justice minister Tuesday so he could speak out against the policy on Brexit.

The Lords amendment on a "meaningful vote" for MPs was defeated in the Commons by 324 to 298.


May objected to the amendment - inserted by the House of Lords - because she said it would tie her hands in the negotiation.

May urged Conservative lawmakers to back the government and show "that we are united as a party in our determination to deliver on the decision made by the British people".

The bill will then go back to the Lords on Monday. They stood down after the government promised to engage in talks on a compromise. How Brexiteers react to that prospect could determine how long this Government survives.

One Tory Leaver said: "We need to know more about what exactly the prime minister has told the rebels".

One government official said: "It's not over yet".

Morgan admitted there was a part of the Grieve amendment that "does go further" than the prime minister was prepared to accept but said they had not been played.

Prime Minister Theresa May fought off a humiliating Commons defeat on the Government's Withdrawal Bill on Tuesday evening but was forced to agree to concessions with a group of Remainers in her own party.

"The question is how do we take some sensible steps to anticipate that happening and try to make sure that there is a coherent process for dealing with it".



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