Lee resigns United Kingdom justice ministry role in Brexit protest

Frederick Owens
June 12, 2018

He has also urged Conservative pro-Remain MPs to "change the course of Brexit" and vote accordingly on a series of upcoming crunch votes in the lower house of parliament.

In his speech, Lee slammed the government for fighting a crucial amendment, which will be voted Tuesday afternoon, created to give MPs the power to send the government back to Brussels to renegotiate the terms of Britain's departure should the House of Commons reject the final Brexit deal. May pleaded with MPs, asking them to imagine how weak the government will appear to Brussels bureaucrats if they are defeated on this key piece of Brexit legislation.

Remain-supporting Tory MP Phillip Lee has resigned as a justice minister over the United Kingdom government's policy on Brexit.

The prime minister has warned Tory MPs they will undermine her negotiating position with the European Union if they rebel on key Brexit legislation.

The government says that would undermine its negotiating position in talks to leave the bloc and Brexit minister David Davis warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to reverse Brexit.

May and her ministers renewed appeals for unity, after the government appeared to have secured a compromise to quell a potential rebellion on Wednesday over Britain's trading ties with the EU.

'But the message we send to the country through our votes this week is important.

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"Whatever we do, we're not going to reverse that", Davis told BBC radio.

'The goal of the EU Withdrawal Bill is simple - it is putting EU legislation into law to ensure a smooth and orderly transition as we leave, ' she is expected to tell them.

The MP says he will back a knife edge vote created to give parliament the power to vote down May's Brexit deal.

The Government is against the plan, believing it sends the wrong message to Brussels regarding the UK's negotiating goals.

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Speaking to reporters outside the meeting, Solicitor General Robert Buckland confirmed the Government was in discussions with rebels about establishing a fresh amendment committing to seek a customs arrangement - not a union - with the EU. "And I imagine that there will be (more)".

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