U.K. Minister Phillip Lee Resigns Ahead of Brexit Bill Showdown

A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers a Korean War soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu North Korea

A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers a Korean War soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu North Korea

Lawmakers kicked off two days of debate on Tuesday on changes to May's Brexit blueprint, or European Union withdrawal bill, after the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords, introduced 15 changes.

Instead, the government has proposed reporting its efforts to secure a customs arrangement.

Peers defeated the government on 15 issues, introducing amendments on issues ranging from future United Kingdom membership of the customs union and European Economic Area (EEA) to ministers' use of "Henry VIII" powers to force through changes without parliamentary scrutiny and the questions of whether MPs should get a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal. That has potentially seismic consequences for the protracted and increasingly messy split from Brussels.

With the Conservatives having a majority of just 13 thanks to the support of the DUP, it would only take a handful of Tories to side with Labour and defeat the Government.

"It not only has the risk of stopping Brexit, it's certainly going to make the negotiating position of the Government considerably diminished".

Earlier in the day Mr Freeman had offered support to Phillip Lee who had resigned as a justice minister in order to oppose the government on Brexit.

A third development, which would allow MPs to direct the government on future talks if there is no resolution on the withdrawal agreement by 15 February, is also on the cards. "We must think about the message parliament will send to the European Union this week", Ms.

The government has promised MPs a vote on the final Brexit deal, but initially said it would be a simple "take it or leave it" choice.

The government says the changes would weaken Britain's negotiating position, and is seeking to alter or reverse them in the Commons.

The upshot of the shift may well be as dramatic as the parliamentary procedure is incomprehensible.

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I am concerned obviously because amendment 19 from the House of Lords was defeated yesterday and any derivative of it is an unashamed wrecking motion to Brexit.

What happened to the Bill in the House of Lords?

The government's eleventh hour amendment, lifted in large parts from Tory Remainer Dominic Grieve's own proposal and to be presented to the Lords on Monday, is expected to give MPs the right to veto the government's strategy if it fails to secure a political agreement with the European Union by 30 November.

"The government can not demonstrate the flexibility necessary for a successful deal if its hands are tied midway through that process", Davis said.

"If we are heading for an impasse in November, everything is on the table".

But it made clear that "we have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the government's hands". They stood down after the government promised to engage in talks on a compromise.

Brexiteers were dejected by the turn of events, but are pinning their immediate hopes on the detail in the government's compromise.

"Where some of its most senior people who hold the greatest offices of state, at every twist and turn, when our Prime Minister moves towards securing a Brexit that will serve everybody in our country, the softest, most sensible Brexit, both publicly and privately they undermine her and scupper her attempts". Yes, it's a significant compromise but we live to fight another day.

"However, facing the prospect of a humiliating defeat Theresa May has been forced to enter negotiations with her backbenchers and offer a so-called concession".

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