Prime Minister hit by dramatic resignation as MPs debate Brexit

13 June, 2018, 21:30 | Author: Sheila Harris

On Tuesday night MPs passed a little-noticed amendment to the EU Withdrawal bill, which many MPs now believe could effectively force Britain to stay in the single market after Brexit.

Speaking at prime minister's questions, May said the government meant to bring forward its own amendment, but stressed that she could not allow MPs to bind the government's hands or to open it up to the risk that Brexit could be reversed.

When asked if Ms.

She also repeated the defiant words spoken by David Davis from his days as a backbencher when he regularly rebelled against the government.

But government officials admitted that the concession does constrain their freedom in the Brexit talks.

Nick said: "You were told what to do, why won't you do it?"

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It included a demand for the government to seek the approval of the House of Commons for its subsequent approach should no Brexit deal be agreed by the end of November; while it also called on the government to cede control of the Brexit process to MPs if there is no UK-EU withdrawal agreement by 15 February 2019. Wollaston tweeted: "Following further assurances that further govt amendments will come forward in the Lords, I will now be supporting the govt".

"Where some of its most senior people who hold the greatest offices of state, at every twist and turn, when our Prime Minister moves towards securing a Brexit that will serve everybody in our country, the softest, most sensible Brexit, both publicly and privately they undermine her and scupper her attempts".

This is how one of the rebels put it to me: "I think the issue that has been decided is not that there could never be a No-Deal Brexit".

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.

The prime minister hit back at Corbyn and said it was Labour that was divided, not the Conservative Party.

"The prime minister conceded she understood points A and B of the Dominic Grieve amendment and there will be further discussions on C, with a view on bringing the amendment in the House of Lords, so that will be discussed further", she said. "Parliamentary pressure will remain in place to soften the Brexit outcome", says Lee Hardman, a currency analyst at MUFG.

There are mutterings from Brexiteers that a betrayal on this could be the moment they go over the top and withdraw their support from the prime minister; this is a showdown averted but not killed off.

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