Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

May Wins Brexit Vote in Parliament

May Wins Brexit Vote in Parliament

Leading Conservative rebel Dominic Grieve denied he was trying to undermine the government or stop Brexit, but warned that if parliament rejected the final Brexit deal, there would be a crisis.

Mrs May said: "Today's votes show people in the United Kingdom, and to the European Union, that the elected representatives in this country are getting on with the job, and delivering on the will of the British people".

The Lib Dems said the "so-called Tory rebels" had "lost their bottle and caved into yet another pathetic government compromise that isn't worth the paper it is written on", while SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the concession was a "fudge".

Victims of abuse have laid some of the blame at Britain's rightwing newspapers, which have dubbed anyone challenging the Brexit process "Enemies of the People" or "Mutineers".

Lord Hailsham, who led the anti-government rebellion in the Lords said he was asking members to make a decision to enable a House of Commons to vote on what Grieve believed had been agreed with the government last week.

The legislation must now go back to the Upper House in the latest stage of "parliamentary ping-pong", but the MPs' vote essentially means Mrs May has won the battle over a bill which is vital to ensure a smooth withdrawal from the EU.

The statement to be issued on Thursday by Brexit Secretary David Davis states explicitly that the parliamentary rule-book gives the Speaker the power to determine whether a motion is amendable or not.

A victory for the pro-EU rebels would embolden them ahead of debates next month on Britain's future trading relationship with the European Union, which they are seeking to keep as close as possible.

The government was anxious enough about losing today to budge, even if they only gave an inch.

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Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West, was pushed in to vote in a wheelchair with a sick bucket on her lap, while pregnant Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson turned up to vote despite being past her due date.

What's also the case is that the Tory rebels, or potential rebels more like, weren't willing to take dramatic action in enough number to humiliate the PM.

The Daily Mail claimed calls have been made in some local Conservative party constituencies to fire MPs who voted against May in the crucial Brexit debate by de-selecting them as party candidates.

"And in the circumstances that might follow a no deal, which would undoubtedly be one of the biggest political crises in modern British history, if the house wishes to speak. the house has the power to do it", Grieve said.

They were: Ken Clarke, Heidi Allen, Antoinette Sandbach, Anna Soubry, Philip Lee, and Sarah Woolaston.

If 21 January passes with no deal being struck.

The government says this vote should be "on neutral terms", with MPs simply noting what has been said.

Mr Grieve said the statement amounted to an "obvious acknowledgement of the sovereignty of this place over the executive in black and white language".

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