Government defeated heavily in Lords on 'meaningful' Brexit vote


The rebel MPs had originally voted in line with the Government during the first Commons vote on the Lords' amendments after supposedly obtaining a compromise from the Prime Minister on the Government's own "meaningful vote" amendment.

May has struggled to get backing for her plans to cut ties with the EU, forced to find a compromise last week with pro-EU MPs in her Conservative Party to try to get their backing for her Brexit blueprint, or the EU withdrawal bill.

The amendment, which he described as "Grieve 2" and said was in the national interest, required the Government, in the absence of any political agreement by the end of January 21 next year, to make a statement setting out how it proposed to proceed and allow MPs to vote on it.

Nevertheless, they insist parliament can not be allowed to overturn Brexit or tie the government's hand is negotiations.

Parliament's unelected upper chamber amended the government's flagship Brexit bill on Monday so lawmakers' approval is needed before the government agrees to a final divorce deal.

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The peer said he was asking the Lords to allow MPs to vote on what Mr Grieve believed was agreed with the Government.

She said part of the?20 billion ($27 billion, 23 billion euros) injection would be funded by "the money we no longer spend on our annual membership subscription to the European Union".

The House of Lords wants to give MPs a greater say over the Brexit process.

That would tee up a showdown in Parliament's directly elected chamber on Wednesday which will be crucial for May's attempts to resist a move seen as a step towards a softer Brexit, meaning closer ties to the European Union on issues likes customs and regulation.

Under the bill, the parliament will shape the government's next steps if lawmakers reject the deal, or in case of a no-deal scenario.

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"And I've been misreported on that, it was suggested I want to collapse the government, I don't".

"I will be voting for that same amendment in the House of Commons and urge all my colleagues to do likewise", Phillip Lee, who quit as a minister last week to be able to vote against May, said on Twitter after yesterday's vote.

"Ministers, the prime minister in particular, have promised a meaningful vote, that promise has not been honoured", former minister Douglas Hogg, who said he had been in talks with Grieve since last week, told lawmakers as he introduced the amendment.

Leading backbencher Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said that the meaningful vote was being used to "obstruct Brexit" and "thwart the referendum result". "MPs now face a decisive vote to guarantee Parliament has a proper role in the Brexit negotiations and to take the threat of no deal off the table once and for all".

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