PM May faces another day of Brexit compromise in parliament

Dr Phillip Lee

The lower chamber, the House of Commons, voted against amendments introduced by the House of Lords.

Some lawmakers tried to shout him down and accused the government of wanting too much power.

The Lords amendment, tabled by former Tory chairman Chris Patten, compels the Government to act in a way that is compatible with the Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to the Troubles.

Whips and ministers shuttled back and forth for hours during a debate over the EU Withdrawal Bill in a frantic attempt to reach a compromise with Remainers.

The UK, they say, is free to choose the type of relationship it wants with the European Union: staying in or leaving; remaining closely aligned or more at arm's length with the bloc after Brexit.

Mr Grieve confirmed he voted with the UK Government after receiving assurances, telling Sky News: "I am quite satisfied we are going to get a meaningful vote". It was indicated to us that the first two parts of the Grieve amendment presented very few problems and could be incorporated into a government amendment.

The Bracknell MP, who called for a second referendum on whatever deal Mrs May secures from the European Union, later told the Commons there was growing evidence that the Government's Brexit policy is "detrimental to the people we were elected to serve".

Theresa May met pro-EU Tories in her private room in the Commons moments before a crucial vote to hear their demands for a truly meaningful vote on the final exit deal.

The Scottish Parliament has refused to approve the Brexit Bill, which it says would see London take back powers - albeit temporarily - from Brussels after Brexit that should by rights go to Edinburgh.

Prime Minister Theresa May Getty Downing Street has published the details of a "backstop" proposal to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit.

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Following a five-hour debate, MPs reinstated the precise day the United Kingdom will leave the European Union - 29 March 2019 - in the proposed legislation while backing an amendment on the Irish border, guaranteeing there will be no new border arrangements without the agreement of the United Kingdom and Irish authorities.

MPs started debating the amendments to the bill just after 1pm on June 12.

Or as some nervous Conservative Brexiteers are now calling it - "a Brexit in name only".

Yet this week's marathon Brexit debate have Labour members of Parliament concerned about their Brexit-voting electorates - and pro-European lawmakers frustrated by Corbyn's euroskeptic history - airing frustrations in full view. "Putting a decision off doesn't make it any easier".

The UK government is winning the third vote as MPs vote on Lords amendments to the European Union withdrawal bill.

The House of Commons was holding a second day of votes on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, meant to disentangle Britain from the bloc.

He said: "Once again, all five of Manchester's Labour MPs have supported the Tory Government on its mission to deliver the hardest and most disastrous Brexit - no matter the damage to Manchester".

If May is defeated in the House of Commons it will be yet another blow to a prime minister whose authority has been challenged several times since last year's election.

May, who leads a minority government propped up by the small Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), conceded that "we need parliamentary support" to implement Brexit.

It was not as simple on Tuesday, when May was forced to blunt another rebellion in parliament by offering a compromise that could hand lawmakers more control over Brexit.

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