PM's compromise on Brexit branded unacceptable by pro-EU Tories

Marsha Scott
June 18, 2018

After winning Tuesday's ballot over changes to a future "meaningful vote" on a final agreement with Brussels in her European Union withdrawal bill, May's plans to end more than 40 years of membership in the bloc were still on track.

"We need to recognize the role of Parliament, but ensure that the government's hands can't be tied in negotiations and that Parliament does not overturn the will of the people", May told the BBC.

Tory rebels say a government amendment drawn up to avert a rebellion over the bill next week is not acceptable.

Mr Grieve told the BBC: "We could collapse the Government, and I can assure you that I wake up at 2am in a cold sweat thinking about the problems that we have put on our shoulders".

Mr Wood was reflecting on a tumultuous week of votes in the House of Commons, which saw Labour and Tory MPs rebel against their parties on key legislation.

Despite the "vitriol" directed towards the rebels, "there is not a single MP who does not agree that getting the [withdrawal] bill on the statute book is essential for us all".

The Government's amendment sets out what must happen if the Prime Minister announces before January 21 2019 that no deal has been reached with the European Union either on the withdrawal agreement or the future relationship.

"I think it is unacceptable because it seems to me to be contrary to what the whole intention was behind this whole amendment".

Despite the "personal assurance" about a new compromise amendment, possibly as early as next week, the government has now indicated that any changes may not go as far as the rebels wanted, says Jessica Elgot in The Guardian.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday it is important to ensure that Parliament cannot block Brexit, but one of the leading MPs in her governing Conservative Party warned that her government could collapse if she does not allow Tory dissidents more influence over the decision and its final terms.

Grieve, the former attorney general, has said he objects to a government amendment to the bill which would limit the power of MPs in shaping policy if parliament rejects a final Brexit bill.

"Grateful for the conversations but without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed", she said.

Tory Remainer Sarah Wollaston tweeted: 'So just to be clear we are now going to have to amend the "unamendable" after the agreed amendable amendment acquired a sneaky sting in the tail.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the government their amendment is "simply not good enough".

"The Prime Minister had a choice to make, she was given a range of options, she has delivered on the promise that she made".

In the final text of the amendment published on Thursday, no effective veto on a no-deal Brexit is offered to MPs.

He said: "Theresa May has gone back on her word and offered an amendment that takes the meaning out of the meaningful vote".

The Brexit department said it was confident of securing a deal that parliament would accept, but set out in a statement the three scenarios which would trigger a vote in both houses of parliament.

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