UK Labour MPs Worried by Govt's EEA Deal With EU - Frontbencher

GETTYSmith said Britain could easily crush the European Union into submission if they needed

GETTYSmith said Britain could easily crush the European Union into submission if they needed

Theresa May met with rebel backbenchers moments before MPs voted on an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would have given them the power to tell her to go back and renegotiate the Brexit deal.

There is a gap between what the Tory Remainer rebels think the prime minister promised them and what the Brexit Secretary David Davis thinks has been promised.

But Tuesday's victory came at a cost - a government promise to strengthen Parliament's voice, potentially at the expense of its own power to set the terms of any final divorce deal with the EU.

MPs in the House of Commons will vote on a string of amendments to a key piece of Brexit legislation that could force the government's hand in the negotiations with the European Union.

"The point is if that doesn't translate now into an amendment that we're comfortable with the Lords will be able to prop back the amendment that was contentious yesterday".

Protesters outside the UK Parliament in central London.

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Soubry reminded the House of Commons of the 48% who were being ignored by the government.

"Thirdly, we must under all circumstances respect the result of the referendum".

"It's not practical, it's not desirable and it's not appropriate", Davis said.

The government will now enter talks with rebels about accepting a new amendment which would give MPs an effective veto on the Brexit deal May secures from the EU.

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.

A file photograph of justice minister Phillip Lees. And it makes a "no deal" scenario less likely.

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"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".

In the letter, he wrote: "The main reason for my taking this decision now is the Brexit process and the Government's wish to limit Parliament's role in contributing to the final outcome in a vote that takes place today".

Mr Howlin said he fears "endless fudge until we run out of time" in relation to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Another flashpoint could come when lawmakers vote Wednesday on an amendment seeking to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

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"The onus is now on the Government and we will approach that in a very constructive spirit because we would much rather reach agreements on this but we have to be absolutely clear that this process isn't finished yet and there is an opportunity in the Lords for the amendment to be back on the table that Dominic didn't press to a vote yesterday".

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

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