Sunday 24 June 2018

Theresa May sees off rebellion and wins Brexit vote in parliament

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street, London, after a Cabinet meeting. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street, London, after a Cabinet meeting. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Theresa May has seen off a potential defeat over her flagship Brexit bill, after last-minute concessions which could give MPs a bigger say on the final withdrawal agreement and make a "no-deal" exit much less likely.

MPs voted by 324 to 298 to reject a House of Lords amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would have given MPs the power to tell the Prime Minister to go back and renegotiate the Brexit deal.

And former attorney general Dominic Grieve withdrew his own proposals spelling out precise terms under which MPs should be given a "meaningful vote" on the eventual deal - including the power to dictate what the Government should do if no acceptable agreement is reached by February 2019.

Pro-EU Tories held back from rebellion after ministers indicated they were ready to discuss changes requiring the Government to seek parliamentary approval for its approach if the Commons rejects a deal this autumn.

Mr Grieve confirmed he voted with the Government after receiving assurances, telling Sky News: "I am quite satisfied we are going to get a meaningful vote."

If confirmed, the move represents a dramatic climbdown from Mrs May's original plan to offer MPs a "take it or leave it" vote to accept the withdrawal agreement or leave the EU without a deal.

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