Brexit: Theresa May Avoids Defeat Over "Meaningful Vote"

Brexit: Theresa May Avoids Defeat Over

Brexit: Theresa May Avoids Defeat Over "Meaningful Vote"

One member of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party is under such threat that they had to be accompanied by six armed undercover police officers at a public engagement, according to colleague Anna Soubry. "My biggest worry about Brexit is that I don't know what we are planning for", Juergen Maier, the UK CEO of German engineering giant Siemens told Reuters in an interview.

One lawmaker said May had no option but to take them on or risk their rebellion growing as she cuts ties with the EU.

The final hurdle in the bill came when MPs voted by 319 to 303 on a sticking point clause after rebel Conservative were given assurances they would have a meaningful say on a final deal London brokers with Brussels on Britain's future relationship with the EU.

According to The Times, the rebels also received legal advice which "effectively made clear that MPs would be able to trigger a vote calling for a delay to Britain leaving the European Union in the case of no deal having been reached".

Some of her opponents on Brexit may simply have made a decision to save their energy 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.

Now that this has been passed, it paves the way for the Brexit Bill to get royal assent, which is expected within days.

The vote comes on the day that European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt appeared before Britain's Brexit committee, telling MPs that plans reportedly under consideration by May to stay in the EU single market for goods only would be "very hard if not impossible".

But the vote may be a taste of what is to come for May.

Before his about-turn, Grieve had argued that government promises did not hand parliament enough control to prevent the "chaos" that could follow Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal.

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It would also effectively take "no deal" off the table, .

But Downing Street left no doubt ministers are confident of drafting a motion which Mr Bercow will deem to be unamendable.

Britain's upper house of parliament will consider any changes made to proposed Brexit laws on Wednesday evening, shortly after they have been voted upon by the lower house of parliament, the opposition Labour Party said. Relationships between MPs had been "strained nearly beyond belief", she said.

"Not to have a process in place for what would happen should negotiations collapse would be irresponsible", she warned.

That's a scenario feared by United Kingdom businesses but favored by some euroskeptic members of May's Conservative minority government, who want a clean break from the EU.

Also rebelling was Phillip Lee, who quit his job as justice minister in order to vote against the Government last week, along with Tory backbenchers Heidi Allen, Kenneth Clarke and Sarah Wollaston.

The government has condemned the threats or intimidation, but many of its supporters in parliament use inflammatory language, accusing rebels of trying to "sabotage" Brexit.

Meanwhile, arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said the day's events were a "happy occasion when all may claim an element of success".

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