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United Kingdom justice minister resigns over Brexit ahead of key votes

United Kingdom justice minister resigns over Brexit ahead of key votes”

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a knife-edge vote in parliament on June 12 on her centrepiece Brexit legislation, despite her last-minute warning that defeat risks undermining her negotiations with Brussels.

Remain-supporting Dr Lee quit as justice minister live on stage during a speech in London, saying he could not support "how our country's exit from the European Union looks set to be delivered".

The Lords Brexit Bill amendment had called for the government to make it a negotiating objective to remaining in the EEA. Theresa May has said no British government would ever agree to a hard border there.

"When the Government is able to set out an achievable, clearly defined path, one that has been properly considered, whose implications have been foreseen, and that is rooted in reality and evidence, not dreams and dogma, it should go to the people, once again, to seek their confirmation", he wrote.

Rosie Duffield then quit after the vote, which saw the House of Commons reject the proposed amendment by 327 votes to 126.

MPs told City A.M. they had been guaranteed "talks and a discussion" on clause C of Dominic Grieve's amendment, which would give the Commons the right to direct future Brexit talks if no agreement had been reached by 15 February.

Lee said that nonetheless, the present course raised questions of legitimacy because the end game was unclear.

This evening, I have resigned as Shadow Defence PPS to vote in favour of the Lords EEA amendment.

- PM avoids damaging "meaningful vote" defeat through new concessions. "And I can not bring myself to vote for it in the bastion of liberty, freedom and human rights that is our Parliament".

Backing the Lords amendment, he said "We need to address working class discontent but we do not take the first step to doing that by making the country poorer, to not get the wealth for public services, for housing, and for the better chance in life our working classes deserve". "It is, however, irresponsible to proceed as we are".

The government has defeated the final group of Lords amendments, by 321 votes to 40 - a majority of 281.

He is categorically not the only Tory MP among the younger ranks who is upset and irritated by how the government is handling Brexit.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said she had been told by a government source that no actual concessions had been agreed and the only agreement was to keep talking.

Crucially, ministers have conceded that if MPs vote down the Withdrawal Agreement with Brussels, that will not result in the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union with no deal - a scenario that few MPs would countenance because of the significant economic damage it would entail.

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

It won over most of the rebels, but was openly mocked by Ken Clarke, a veteran Conservative who has run at least six government departments, who accused the government of using "pathetic" jargon which was "utterly meaningless".

Grieve's amendment was in three parts. Grieve, a Remainer, endeavored to give parliament a meaningful say should a "no deal" Brexit become a prospect, reports The Guardian.



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