Six Labour frontbenchers resign in protest at Labour’s Brexit position

Six Labour frontbenchers resign in protest at Labour’s Brexit position

Mrs May saw off a threatened defeat on the issue in the Commons on Tuesday by assuring would-be rebels personally that she would take their concerns on board.

But after the prime minister personally assured a group of around 15 rebels that Mr Grieve's amendment would be partially adopted into the Bill before it went back to the Lords the rebels backed down.

He said a concession of this kind would been "revolutionary" as the Commons can not override the government when it came to negotiating global treaties. I have to say I do feel a bit uneasy about what deal they have got because they seem very pleased with themselves.

"There are different responsibilities for government and Parliament and Parliament can't tie the government's hands in negotiations", she said Wednesday.

"The British people voted to leave the European Union, and as prime minister I am determined to deliver that", May told parliament.

If the Conservative rebels want to win the battle on parliament's scrutiny and control over the final Brexit deal, they must maintain a united front.

The issue of a "meaningful vote" is set to be a flashpoint in the Commons, with ministers seeking to overturn a Lords amendment which would give Parliament extensive powers to direct ministers how to proceed if a deal with Brussels is rejected by MPs or no deal is reached.

Tory backbencher Simon Clarke told MailOnline: 'MPs gave the British people the right to make this decision and they voted to leave the European Union - including Philip Lee's own constituents in Bracknell by some 53 per cent.

He said Mrs May had promised to table a fresh amendment based on his own proposal for Parliament to be consulted on the way forward if no deal is agreed by the end of November.


A Downing Street source said: "We will get a good Brexit deal that works for everybody in the UK".

Earlier, Mrs May was hit by the resignation of justice minister Phillip Lee, who quit the Government live on stage during a speech in London in order to be able to back Mr Grieve's amendment.

While the European Union might be willing to accept a short, time-limited extension of the negotiation period, governments are unlikely to allow a lengthy prolongation, the people said. Then the Lords send back something you agree with and you vote with it.

Another Conservative Remainer, former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan, denied that the rebels had been "played" by the Prime Minister.

He said: "I understand the difficulties MPs representing constituencies which voted strongly for Leave or Remain have on the EEA amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill".

But he told Sky News: "If those amendments don't come forward, I and a number of others will consider voting against the Government". In a series of votes the House of Commons largely reversed changes inserted by Parliament's upper House of Lords that would have softened the terms of Brexit.

Facing the prospect of losing a vote on a crucial amendment to the government's flagship Brexit legislation - which was created to empower parliament to vote down the final deal without risking a "no-deal" exit from the bloc - ministers intervened with a concession at the 11th hour even as MPs were wrapping up debate on the controversial measure. But apart from stopping Brexit altogether, which is definitely my preferred choice through a People's Vote, remaining in the EEA with a customs union arrangement is the least damaging option available.

Six Labour MPs, Laura Smith, Ged Killen, Ellie Reeves, Tonia Antoniazzi, Rosie Duffield and Anna McMorrin, have stood down from Corbyn's frontbench to vote against the amendment in the House of Commons.

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