United Kingdom government wins key Brexit parliamentary battle

In a day of drama, May's position seemed suddenly weaker when junior justice minister Phillip Lee, who has always been critical of the government's Brexit strategy, resigned and said he would vote against the government.

Pro-Brexit members of the government want to be able to play the "no deal" card, but the House of Commons, where pro-EU voices are stronger, would nearly certainly reject the idea. Its Lords were instrumental in bringing about some of the amendments that have been sent back to the Commons.

"In all conscience, I can not support the Government's decision to oppose this amendment because doing so breaches such fundamental principles of human rights and Parliamentary sovereignty".

The Government has won the first votes during today's Brexit showdown.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland intervened four times during a speech by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, whose amendment would effectively give MPs a veto on the government's negotiating agenda if a deal isn't done by the end of November.

- After a rollercoaster week of Brexit rows within her government and with Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday seek to avoid another setback in a long-awaited showdown with parliament.

The opposition Labour Party wants to force the government to negotiate a Brexit deal where the United Kingdom retains "full access" to the EU's single market and that would ensure "no new impediments" to trade.

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.

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Earlier, May appeared to have also stemmed a rebellion over her commitment to leaving the EU's customs union which will transform Britain's trading relationships for decades to come.

A paper laying out the UK government position, due to be published this month, has been delayed because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

What was agreed was the prime minister understood that parliament wants to have a real say, in all circumstances, in relation to what's going to happen in the Brexit deal.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "As has become a tradition in Brexit negotiations, the Tories have been forced to cobble together a compromise".

The UK's David Davis and his European Union opposite number have discussed the thorny issue of a post-Brexit "backstop" plan for the Northern Ireland border. The Daily Express thundered: "Ignore the will of the people at your peril".

But pro-EU Tory MP Heidi Allen warned that other members of the Government may follow Dr Lee out of the door.

Pro-Brexit Conservative MP Edward Leigh slammed pro-EU colleagues, saying Parliament must respect the result of the June 2016 voter referendum.

"Parliament, don't stand against the people - implement their will!"

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