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After compromise, May set to avoid defeat in parliament on customs

After compromise, May set to avoid defeat in parliament on customs”

MPs voted to defeat amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill which were debated in the House of Commons, including amendments which sought to keep Britain in the single market and a customs union with the EU.

Phillip Lee accused the government of trying to limit parliament's role in shaping Britain's departure from the European Union and said the government's Brexit strategy was detrimental to the British people.

LONDON - A junior member of Prime Minister Theresa May's government resigned Tuesday over Brexit, emboldening pro-EU lawmakers ahead of key votes in Parliament on Britain's departure from the European Union. But for those millions of former Remainer voters holding out for a hero until the end of the night, it's still unclear if rebel leader Dominic Grieve will fit the bill.

"Last week the transition period was delayed by a year in the space of 24 hours and yesterday a deal with her backbenchers was reneged on within hours". As ever, Delano will keep you posted. 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.

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".

Mrs May met pro-EU Tories in her private room in the Commons moments before a crucial vote to hear their demands for a truly meaningful vote on the final exit deal.

Potential rebels who stepped back from voting against the Government said they were relying on "personal assurances" from the Prime Minister that changes would be introduced to the Bill to ensure that MPs get a real say on the final deal.

On Wednesday the British parliament will vote on an amendment by the House of Lords requiring the House of Commons to explore remaining part of the European Economic Area (EEA), an option often referred to as "the Norway model".

"If the PM goes back on that there will be no agreed amendment that I can support #sortitplease", leading pro-European lawmaker Anna Soubry tweeted. The government wants the Commons to reject 14 out of 15 amendments introduced by the Lords which are meant to keep Britain close to the European Union after Brexit.

"What would be the result to our government if we lost this vote today?" asked Conservative lawmaker Edward Leigh.

That said, while the government may have won the battle on customs, the war is still to come.

The Bracknell MP, who called for a second referendum on whatever deal Mrs May secures from the European Union, later told the Commons there was growing evidence that the Government's Brexit policy is "detrimental to the people we were elected to serve".

He confirmed that ministers will seek to overturn 14 amendments which he said would undermine the objective of the Bill and fail to respect the result of the 2016 referendum.

In other words, in the event of a divorce deal that the Commons refused to accept, MPs would be able to set a new course for Brexit.

The fact is that the Tory rebels are still split on tactics, with some preferring to hold off until the Trade Bill next month to push a single market solution.

Meanwhile, the founder of the Leave.EU Brexit campaign and his chief spin doctor will face further questions from MPs after a fiery clash with a committee investigating "fake news".



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