British PM May’s Brexit plans set for defeat, teeing up Wednesday showdown

Frederick Owens
June 18, 2018

Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general who heads up the faction, told BBC television that a future vote on a Brexit deal could see May tumble.

Tory MP Priti Patel said: "They undermine Britain's negotiating position, they harm our national interests and fail the British people".

Mr Wood was reflecting on a tumultuous week of votes in the House of Commons, which saw Labour and Tory MPs rebel against their parties on key legislation.

"It does feel, I have to say, to be blunt about it, it seems a bit like a slap in the face", he said.

In her own interview broadcast on Sunday the prime minister rejected the idea she had double-crossed her rebels.

But Mrs May told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "I did indeed meet a group of my fellow MPs".

"The first thing I want to understand is why this has been rejected?" "I've done exactly that".

Theresa May told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show that 'Parliament can not tie the hands of government in negotiations'.

She added: "We can't have a situation where every time we have to take a decision we have to go back and have a lengthy debate".

Wring in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Lee also argued that other MPs should support Mr Grieve over Parliament having a meaningful vote.

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Yet Brexiteers, including Jacob Rees-Mogg put pressure on the Government not to agree to the main thrust of the Remainers argument that Parliament should be able to instruct the Government how to negotiate with Brussels.

Denying his aim was to stop the country's departure from the European Union, he said: "Of course I think Brexit is a bad idea".

Wednesday's Commons vote required last-minute concessions, and pro-EU Conservatives warned they could yet seek to defeat May if she backtracks on promises to give parliament a greater say in the final withdrawal deal.

Instead, MPs would be allowed to vote only on a "neutral" motion, confirming that they have considered a statement by a minister on the issue.

Grieve said the problem was that if the United Kingdom reached "the really apocalyptic moment" where no Brexit deal had been done by early February 2019, Parliament was not being offered the chance to say what should happen next - only to "note" the position.

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.

It will then return to the Commons, where a fresh showdown is expected unless a deal is hammered out.

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".

But as it passes through Parliament, MPs and peers have been trying to change it, in some cases adding bits on that would change the government's Brexit strategy.

He added that the rebels "could collapse the government" if they voted against a Brexit deal, which is scheduled to be agreed with European Union negotiators in the autumn.

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