British lawmakers vote to deny Parliament veto of Brexit deal

  • British lawmakers vote to deny Parliament veto of Brexit deal

British lawmakers vote to deny Parliament veto of Brexit deal

In a day of drama, May's position seemed suddenly weaker when junior justice minister Phillip Lee, who has always been critical of Brexit strategy, resigned and said he would vote against the government. He said he would vote against the prime minister.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland promised to discuss incorporating concerns raised by former attorney general and rebel Dominic Grieve. The upper chamber, the House of Lords, inserted amendments in 15 areas to soften the terms of Britain's departure.

"What it actually amounts to is an unconstitutional shift which risks undermining our negotiation with the European Union", he said.

"The government can not demonstrate the flexibility necessary for a successful deal if its hands are tied midway through that process", he said.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "As has become a tradition in Brexit negotiations, the Tories have been forced to cobble together a compromise".

Anna Soubry, a pro-EU Conservative lawmaker, said she knew of one legislator who would not vote with their conscience because of "threats to their personal safety" and that of staff and family.

(EurActiv) - Theresa May avoided a humiliating parliamentary defeat to her government's European Union withdrawal bill, but only after appearing to promise rebel MPs an effective block on a "no deal" Brexit.

Following its defeat, the government's own amendment on the so-called meaningful vote will go forward to the House of Lords for debate next week - but with some changes.

The vote is being sold as a victory for Grieve and his band of Tory rebels. His amendment could force ministers to hand over control of Brexit strategy to parliament if there is no deal by mid-February.

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Dr Lee said his main objection to Government policy was over the "wish to limit Parliament's role in contributing to the final outcome" and signalled he would rebel on the issue in the Commons later.

On the meaningful vote, he said: "In all conscience, I can not support the Government's decision to oppose this amendment because doing so breaches such fundamental principles of human rights and Parliamentary sovereignty". The government has also put down some amendments aimed at uniting the party around a compromise.

Details of precisely what this will involve could emerge in the coming days when the EU Withdrawal bill is due to return to the House of Lords.

Conservative lawmaker Phillip Lee, who had voted to remain in the European Union, resigned as the justice minister so he could speak out against the policy on Brexit.

May is resisting changes approved by the House of Lords that would soften Britain's exit from the European Union, because she says they will weaken the government's negotiating position.

The results could also deliver a further blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's authority, which was severely damaged when she.

Not at all. Among the many issues outstanding ahead of Britain's planned withdrawal date of March 29, 2019 is the question of what happens to the Northern Irish border.

The Labour leader teased Mrs May over whether she would follow suggestions from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to allow US President Donald Trump to take over the Brexit talks, before accusing her of delaying pledges linked to Brexit. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments. "It would be a catastrophic blow".