Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Government compromise on 'meaningful vote' avoids Brexit defeat

Government compromise on 'meaningful vote' avoids Brexit defeat

A statement from the Department for Exiting the European Union on Tuesday said David Davis had set three tests for any new amendment: not undermining the negotiations; not changing the constitutional role of parliament and government in negotiating global treaties; and respecting the referendum result.

Ministers had mounted an unprecedented public negotiation with Tory rebels in the House of Commons a bid to avoid defeat over the terms of a vote by MPs on the final Brexit deal.

"Whatever we do, we're not going to reverse that [decision to leave the EU]", Mr. David told BBC radio. Anti-Brexit MPs had argued that removing the no-deal effect was necessary for the vote to be a meaningful one. The strength of this commitment is yet to be seen in writing - and the Brexit department is still insisting it has not given up control of the negotiations - but the anti-Brexit rebels showed they have the numbers to force a defeat should the government renege on its pledge.

Davis agreed to remain in place after receiving a guarantee the arrangement would last just a year and held a short meeting with EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier in Brussels today.

The rebels said on Tuesday they were told the promise made by the prime minister was "a matter of trust".

Does the Government have a hand in it?

After PMQs, a No 10 source was asked if that meant, "as far as the government's concerned, clause C is not up for discussion as part of this amendment?"

A Tory Remain rebel has warned Theresa May that "if she f**ks us, she's f**ked, ' after Conservative MPs were given assurances by the prime minister that a compromise Brexit amendment to the 'meaningful vote" will be upheld. "Any compromise [amendment] would have to be tabled by Govt in Lords".

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Savannah Phillips at Beaufort Polo Club
Another person commented that while " Prince George might be our future King", Savannah "decides she's the boss on the balcony". The Duchess, who gave birth to Prince Louis just seven weeks ago, looked sensational in her casual blue striped midi dress.

Tory grandee Ken Clarke said: "It was the most significant thing that happened yesterday, but in the circus that surrounded everything and the timetable stopped us debating it".

The bloc's Brexit negotiators have published an analysis of the Prime Minister's plans which suggests strongly that they will not be accepted.

"There's a reasonable expectation that something will emerge, but I need to work on that and more importantly work with colleagues to come up with something".

The prime minister hit back at Corbyn and said it was Labour that was divided, not the Conservative Party.

She added: "Everybody now has to stand up and be true to what they believe in".

"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".

There are mutterings from Brexiteers that a betrayal on this could be the moment they go over the top and withdraw their support from the prime minister; this is a showdown averted but not killed off.

"If she has given too much away I think there will be real anger towards her".

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