Brexit: May Un-Surrenders to Tory Remainers, Faces Parliamentary Rebellion

It's "as you were" for Brexit, as the Tory soft Brexiteers, placated earlier in the week by Theresa May, now find themselves sidelined again - with the PM accused of reneging on the deal to give MPs a meaningful vote on Brexit.

MPs from the governing Tory Party, its DUP partners, and the Labour Party opposition all stood on manifestos which promised to deliver Brexit in the subsequent 2017 snap election.

The latest internal dispute concerns the role of the UK Parliament in the event that the government's negotiations with Brussels produce no agreement, shortly before the country is due to leave the European Union in March next year.

The government's amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill sets out what must happen if the prime minister announces - before 21 January 2019 - that no deal has been reached with the EU either on the withdrawal agreement or the future relationship.

Signalling rebels will seek to remove the unamendable nature of the government's proposal, she tweeted: "Would be amusing if only it wasn't such a serious issue, preventing the most destructive Brexit matters to the majority in parliament".

With the Lords due to reconvene to consider the changes to the withdrawal bill on Monday, part of the to-and-fro legislative process known as "ping-pong", the government had a deadline of 5pm on Thursday to publish its own amendment on a meaningful vote.

'It is unacceptable in my view, ' he told the Press Association.

The government's new amendment to the European Union withdrawal bill is likely to be rejected by the House of Lords, meaning a major Commons showdown is on the cards.

Under these circumstances, a minister must make a statement in Parliament setting out their next steps and give MPs an opportunity to vote.

The amendment has angered Tory Remainers who say it falls far short of promising a truly meaningful vote on the shape of Brexit.

Just two Conservative MPs - Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke - voted against the government on Tuesday after failing to be persuaded by May's compromise promise.

"Grateful for the conversations but without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed", she said.

While other votes took place, there were extraordinary scenes as the rebels were summoned from the Commons to see May and the chief whip, Julian Smith, scurried around the chamber to discuss concessions with individual MPs.

The latest development means that the House of Lords are unlikely to accept the government's latest offer and will return the Bill to the House of Commons next week with a fresh amendment.

The rebels, led by former minister Grieve, stepped back from defeating the government on Tuesday after they were privately told that a concession on a no-deal veto would be forthcoming.