Theresa May's day of Brexit reckoning is coming, sooner or later

Theresa May's day of Brexit reckoning is coming, sooner or later

Theresa May's day of Brexit reckoning is coming, sooner or later

Theresa May met with rebel backbenchers moments before MPs voted on an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would have given them the power to tell her to go back and renegotiate the Brexit deal.

"I am incredibly sad to have had to announce my resignation as a minister in Her Majesty's government so that I can better speak up for my constituents and country over how Brexit is now being delivered", Mr Lee said on Twitter.

Opening debate on the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons, Mr Davis warned that the "cumulative effect" of a series of Lords amendments would "make it impossible to deliver the smooth and orderly exit we want".

The Government's compromise is that a minister would come to the House within 28 days of a deal being rejected to tell MPs what will happen next, but an amendment tabled by former attorney general Dominic Grieve would insist on a binding Commons motion.

The government fears a weakened negotiating position.

Government sources signalled to the Press Association that ministers were set to back the move. "We must think about the message parliament will send to the European Union this week".

They are most anxious about a vote on Wednesday requiring the government to make a statement on its efforts to negotiate a customs union with the EU.

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"I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the European Union which is as frictionless as possible".

But the former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke has urged pro-EU rebels to hold their nerve, arguing that if they succeeded they would strengthen Mrs May's hand against the Brexit hardliners in the Cabinet.

They also voted to disagree with Lords amendment 37, which was part of an attempt to remove the exit day from the Bill and allow the Commons to rethink its approach.

Details of the government's commitment will have to be formalised next week in a new amendment to the bill.

"That term, Mr Speaker, is actually specifically defined in the Belfast Agreement and I've no doubt that government ministers will have read the Belfast Agreement in its entirety", she said.

Britain's highest-selling tabloid, The Sun, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, addressed lawmakers directly on its front page, saying they faced a choice between "Great Britain or Great Betrayal". After losing her party's majority in parliament at an ill-judged election past year, she now relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party and the distance between victory and defeat is narrow.

Rebels had been pushing for an amendment that would have given Parliament unprecedented powers over the final stages of Brexit talks.

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