Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

UK Brexit minister says parliament vote can not reverse Brexit

UK Brexit minister says parliament vote can not reverse Brexit

Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer believes that a Norway-style deal with the EU would not prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland and that becoming a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) - effectively keeping Britain in the EU single market - would be "totally incompatible" with the need to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, the Independent wrote.

Around 15-20 pro-EU Tories were given assurances in a face-to-face discussion with the Prime Minister in her Commons office ahead of the vote.

The UK government is winning the third vote as MPs vote on Lords amendments to the European Union withdrawal bill.

Facing the prospect of losing a vote on a crucial amendment to the government's flagship Brexit legislation - which was created to empower parliament to vote down the final deal without risking a "no-deal" exit from the bloc - ministers intervened with a concession at the 11th hour even as MPs were wrapping up debate on the controversial measure.

The House of Commons rejected the "meaningful vote" amendment to the withdrawal bill by a majority of 26, with 324 votes against the amendment, and 298 in favour of it.

There will be further votes on the legislation today, however May should escape unscathed.

But Brexiters reacted with fury to the idea that MPs could be allowed to constrain the government's ability to leave the European Union without a deal, if it believes that is the right course.

Ms Allen insisted that the referendum was a binary vote and it didn't say that MPs should neglect their duty, but Nick hit back: "Your duty, some would argue, is to deliver Brexit, which is what the people have told you to do".

It's not clear what backing, if any, Grieve has for his compromise bid.

Sarah Wollaston, a prominent Tory Remain rebel, has indicated that she will accept this pledge from the Government, and will therefore not be voting against her party.

"First, we must never do anything that undermines the Government's negotiating position or encourages delays in the negotiations", Mr Davis said.

Morgan said if a compromise amendment did not emerge, rebels could work with the Lords to ensure the changes took place.

Theresa May's Janus-faced promise on a "meaningful vote" may have averted a defeat. In the event that there was no Brexit agreement by November, it would require the Government to present a new plan and renew its negotiation mandate in Parliament.

The solicitor general, Robert Buckland, who intervened from the dispatch box to offer the last-minute concessions that led to the would-be rebels' meeting with the prime minister, suggested that there would be no further compromise on clause C, contrary to what MPs say they were told.

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