Setting up new showdown, Britain's May rejects Brexit proposal

Setting up new showdown, Britain's May rejects Brexit proposal

Setting up new showdown, Britain's May rejects Brexit proposal

The new Lords amendment will go back to the Commons Wednesday for another vote. The question is by how much?

Ministers face another showdown with their critics in the Commons after the House of Lords on Monday again backed an amendment giving MPs a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal.

"I shall lobby the prime minister and the leader of the House Andrea Leadsom for the government to give us time to get it through", he said.

Grieve said that he still hoped it would be possible to come to a "sensible compromise" that would address the concerns of both sides.

Negotiations on a compromise, promised last week by May to avert a defeat, fell apart at the last minute on Thursday when rebels said the government had changed the wording of an agreement.

But pro-EU legislators want to be able to send the government back to the negotiating table if they don't like the deal.

Agreeing to amendable motions would allow parliament to direct government on its approach to exiting the European Union, binding the prime minister's hands and making it harder to secure a good deal for the UK.

Speaking before the vote, foreign minister Boris Johnson reinforced the government's view that discussion of the meaningful vote was hypothetical as ministers were confident of getting a deal with Brussels that parliament will approve.

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The amendment, which he described as "Grieve 2" and said was in the national interest, required the Government, in the absence of any political agreement by the end of January 21 next year, to make a statement setting out how it proposed to proceed and allow MPs to vote on it.

But Grieve, the pro-EU Conservative lawmaker who has led efforts to hand parliament a greater say, said he was still looking forward to having discussions with the government to find a way out of the dispute.

The peer said he was asking the Lords to allow MPs to vote on what Mr Grieve believed was agreed with the Government.

Prime Minister Theresa May's minority Conservative government is fighting with rebels from her own party over the final wording of the laws that will end Britain's European Union membership - a bitter row which threatens to undermine her authority.

The upper House of Lords, which wants to keep Britain close to the European Union after the United Kingdom leaves in March, will rake over the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on Monday, before it returns to the lower House of Commons on Wednesday.

Alongside the number of Tory rebels, the chances of the amendment being passed in the House of Commons will also depend on how solid support is from the opposition Labour Party.

"MPs now face a decisive vote on Wednesday to guarantee Parliament has a proper role in the Brexit negotiations and to take the threat of no deal off the table once and for all".

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