Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Theresa May warns Conservative rebels they'll undermine Brexit talks

Theresa May warns Conservative rebels they'll undermine Brexit talks

Depriving parliament of a vote on the withdrawal deal 'would be something we would rightly criticised if it happened elsewhere, ' Lee said.

Lee resigns despite a last-minute plea by May to her party for unity on the issue.

The current "meaningful vote" offered by the Government allows MPs to accept or reject the Brexit deal, but the proposed change would see MPs take control of the negotiation aims.

Passing the withdrawal bill would be a "turning point" in the Brexit process, he told the BBC's Sunday Politics, as it would be the basis for a "smooth transition" after the United Kingdom leaves.

His resignation came hours before British Prime Minister Theresa May faces crunch votes in parliament and a potential showdown with pro-EU rebels in her ruling party over whether parliament can prevent a no-deal Brexit.

The government is attempting to reverse a series of amendments made to the European Union withdrawal bill by the House of Lords.

Lee's resignation came shortly after he gave a speech to the Bright Blue think tank on Tuesday morning in which he expressed concern over how his party was handling Brexit.

To try to ensure the government wins, ministers and other lawmakers have been told to make sure they will be in parliament for the votes.

Earlier this year, Lee had called on the government to release its economic impact assessments of Brexit and suggested the government change tack in talks with the European Union, underlining the deep rifts in his party over the best way to manage Britain's exit.

The meaningful vote amendment is where the government is most likely to be defeated in votes on up 15 amendments taking place today and on Wednesday.

In his speech, Lee slammed the government for fighting a crucial amendment, which will be voted Tuesday afternoon, created to give MPs the power to send the government back to Brussels to renegotiate the terms of Britain's departure should the House of Commons reject the final Brexit deal.

The government says that would undermine its negotiating position in talks to leave the bloc and Brexit minister David Davis warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to reverse Brexit.

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