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May Wins Crucial Brexit Vote

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British Prime Minister Theresa May (File Photo: IANS)

The vote was a major victory for Prime Minister Theresa May and her government who feared success for the amendment would have tied their negotiating arm….reports Asian Lite News

British Prime Minister Theresa May (File Photo: IANS)

A move that would have given MPs the power to stop Britain leaving the European Union (EU) without a deal was rejected in the House of Commons. By 324 votes to 298, MPs on Tuesday rejected an amendment by the House of Lords that would have guaranteed lawmakers a meaningful vote on a Brexit deal.

The vote was a major victory for Prime Minister Theresa May and her government who feared success for the amendment would have tied their negotiating arm.

The House of Commons is debating a crucial bill to pave the way for Britain to exit the EU next March.

Just moments before voting began, the prime minister held 11th-hour talks with more than 14 Tory rebels in her Commons office, after which they received personal assurances that she would agree to the broad thrust of their proposals, the Guardian reported.

The Tory rebels, led by the former attorney general Dominic Grieve, later praised the government for “responding positively” to their concerns and claimed that they would be addressed when the EU withdrawal bill goes back to the Lords on Monday.

However,  Brexiters immediately condemned as unworkable Grieve’s plan to hand over control of the government’s Brexit strategy to MPs, suggesting that May’s attempts to overcome deep Tory splits on the issue was failing.

A Downing Street source claimed that the prime minister had agreed only to ongoing discussions, raising the prospect of an angry showdown when a delegation of rebel MPs sits down with ministers to thrash out a deal.

Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference at the end of a two-day EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 23, 2017. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference at the end of a two-day EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS)

David Davis’s Brexit department cast further doubt over the rebels’ claims, issuing a statement which read: “We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the Government’s hands in the negotiations.”

MPs voted by 324 votes to 298 to back the government in rejecting an amendment passed by peers in April that would strengthen the hand of the Commons in the event of it rejecting the final Brexit deal.