Brexit Briefing: All Out War

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1) Theresa May Has Finally Picked A Side

Theresa May has been accused of reneging on a deal struck with MPs to avoid a game-changing Government defeat over Brexit.

After a last-gasp meeting with the Prime Minister before a crunch vote on Brexit on Tuesday, up to 17 Tory MPs agreed not to back a plan that could have seen Parliament take control of the Brexit negotiations if the Government failed to strike a deal.

May promised the would-be rebels the Government would put forward a new amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would beef-up the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ plan in exchange for their support.

That compromise amendment – set to be voted on in the Lords on Monday – was published on Thursday afternoon, and prompted an immediate backlash from Tory MPs who believe they have been betrayed.

Under the Government’s plan, MPs will only be able to debate the Prime Minister’s next move if no deal is struck or they vote down the deal, and would have no power to direct what should happen next.

Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General who has led the charge for Parliament to have a greater say in the Brexit negotiations, was reportedly angry at the amendment.

He told The Telegraph: “I thought these issues had been resolved hours ago, but at the last minute an element has been changed in a way that is unacceptable.”

May faces the prospect that the Lords could reject her amendment on Monday and back the one put forward by Grieve instead.

That would see the matter returned yet again to the Commons, where MPs will have another chance to defeat the Government.

It seemed that May had managed to diffuse a potential war in her party when she offered the concession on Tuesday.

The Government appeared to be on course for defeat when Phillip Lee resigned from his position as Justice Minister the morning of the vote in order to back the amendment.

The last-minute horse trading appeared to have worked when all Tory MPs – with the exception of Ken Clarke, Soubry and …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec

      

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