Grieve denies Tory Brexit rebels could bring down…

Grieve denies Tory Brexit rebels could bring down…

Grieve denies Tory Brexit rebels could bring down…

Last Tuesday, the government avoided defeat on all of the Lords amendments to the Brexit Withdrawal Bill, but only after some last-minute negotiations on the Grieve "meaningful vote" amendment.

Up to 12 Conservative MPs had reportedly been ready to vote against the whip and back an amendment to ensure that MPs had a "meaningful vote" if there was no deal by 21 January - effectively giving parliament the power to stop Britain leaving the European Union in the absence of a negotiated settlement.

"Therefore, in case of any doubt, the chances of the United Kingdom not to leave the European Union are now zero", Fox said.

The government says it backs a "baby leave" system for allow imminent or new parents to vote by proxy, but it has not been implemented.

The vote came after the rebels - led by former attorney general Dominic Grieve - accused ministers of reneging on measures which they believed had been agreed to stave off a rebellion last week.

Mr Grieve had tabled an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill which would have required MPs to be given the chance to approve or reject the government's next steps on Brexit in the event that no agreement was reached by Brexit Day in March 2019. The vote passed by 319 to 303.

But Davis also told lawmakers it would be for the Commons speaker to decide whether lawmakers could amend any motion on a Brexit deal that was put to the House of Commons.

Mr Grieve insisted rebels would only accept a "meaningful vote" and not the "slavery clause" the Government was offering.

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But for now, May will be relieved to have overcome another potential crisis over her proposal for the role of parliament, should she fail to negotiate an exit agreement with the European Union or if lawmakers reject any deal she returns with from Brussels.

Even during the knife-edge votes of the 1970s, when the Callaghan government teetered on the brink of falling, "nodding through" had been allowed, the party pointed out.

Some of her opponents on Brexit may simply have made a decision to keep their powder dry for later fights on issues such as future trading ties and customs arrangements with the bloc before Britain's scheduled departure in March next year.

The vote result suggests that they have the hypothetical numbers, but their critics, and their internal opponents in the Tory party would question if they really have the guts.

"If the motion is not in neutral terms it doesn't meet the requirement of the Act of Parliament".

The amendment now returns to MPs in the elected lower House of Commons, where Conservative rebels will ally with opposition parties in a bid to finally make it law.

The Lib Dems said the "so-called Tory rebels" had "lost their bottle and caved into yet another pathetic government compromise that isn't worth the paper it is written on", while SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the concession was a "fudge".

Mr Davis's statement also mentioned MPs being able to table their own motions and have votes on them.

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