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British PM fends off Brexit parliamentary defeat

14 June 2018

The pro-independence party accuses the British government of trying to seize powers that will be handed back from Brussels after Brexit and which the SNP believes should go to Scotland's Edinburgh-based parliament.

No government would survive if it tried to dispense with Parliament's input, he said.

Any postponement would be a significant development, as May has staked her reputation on Britain leaving the bloc on March 29, 2019.

She said: 'I'll pass over the fact it's going to have a Solidarity tent, which obviously won't have any Labour MPs within it.

Some 74 Labour MPs, including Remainers Jess Phillips, Stella Creasy and Hilary Benn, rebelled against Corbyn to vote against the amendment to the EU (Withdrawal Bill). "I trust our PM to honour the undertaking she gave".

However, a humiliating defeat still looms as the prime minister tries to navigate a compromise on Tory rebels' demands for MPs to be given a greater say over the Brexit process through a more meaningful vote.

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Public policy expert Richard Bull of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said, however, that the MPs would have another opportunity to defeat the government if the promised concessions did not materialise.

However, May is anxious about the prospect of a rebellion by pro-EU Conservative MPs who are determined to retain as numerous changes as possible. There are two reasons for that: the determination to keep pressure on the U.K.to decide what it wants; and the long list of other problems that European Union leaders know they might have to deal with next year, including the ongoing fight with President Donald Trump over trade and the rise in populism in the region.

"If it were to turn out there was a problem, we will deal with it".

Parliament voted 325 to 298 in favour of rejecting a House of Lords amendment to require ministers to report on their efforts in negotiations to secure a customs union.

"What it does is put in place a structure if things do go as planned", she said. "There could be a confidence motion [in the prime minister] or an early general election".

'We must not weaken the PMs hands in her discussions with Brussels so I hope Philip backs Theresa in the lobbies over the next two days despite any personal reservations he may hold'.

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I tend to think that Jacob Rees-Mogg is right, that the Remainers' insistence that MPs take control of negotiations is likely to make "crashing out" far more likely, when parliament's innate inflexibility means it can not agree a deal before deadlines are reached.

But it made clear that "we have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the government's hands".

Dr Lee said "evidence, not dogma" should dictate the Government's approach to Brexit. His reason, so far as I understand it, is that he could not find anything on our campaign's website saying we wanted the option of staying in Europe in such a vote.

He rejected suggestions ministers were already backtracking on promises made to MPs, insisting he did not want to raise any "false expectations". It's now up to MPs to use the power they have to make sure there is a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.

Opening debate on the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons, Mr Davis warned that the "cumulative effect" of a series of Lords amendments would "make it impossible to deliver the smooth and orderly exit we want".

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". While May's government has pledged to leave the EU single market and customs union, support is strong in Parliament for the United Kingdom to remain in the customs union at the least.

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British PM fends off Brexit parliamentary defeat