Tory rebellions against May's Brexit plans 'could bring down government'

Tory rebellions against May's Brexit plans 'could bring down government'

Tory rebellions against May's Brexit plans 'could bring down government'

Mr Grieve previously tabled his own proposals, which would have allowed Parliament to dictate the next steps the Government should take if no deal was reached by the end of February.

If MPs reject the agreement reached by May with Brussels - or if no deal has been obtained by January 21 - Parliament will be offered the opportunity only to vote on a "neutral motion" stating that it has considered a minister's statement on the issue.

He told the BBC: "I can't save the Government from getting into a situation where Parliament might disagree with it". Calls for MPS to have a "meaningful vote" on Brexit are nothing to do with parliamentary scrutiny; they are about stopping Brexit.

Grieve, who has drafted his own amendment that would give MPs more scope in directing ministers in the possible event of a likely no-deal Brexit, later clarified to the Press Association that his comments referred to a future vote on a deal, rather than next week's events.

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May failed on Thursday to win around pro-EU lawmakers in her party over parliament's role in the Brexit process, raising the risk of defeat in lower house votes next week.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Lee said he planned to back Grieve's amendment, and indicated that other ministers could be prepared to follow his example. Several Brexit-backing Conservative MPs and ministers have suggested that on this key issue of what happens if a no-deal Brexit looms, "May had not compromised and had only agreed to further talks".

Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general who is leading the group of Remain-supporting Tory MPs, said today they were not trying to stop Brexit from happening - but added they could topple the Government by voting against the bill, to prevent the risk of Britain sliding into "chaos" by leaving the European Union with no deal in place.

It followed a strained parliamentary session, where the deep nationwide divisions opened up by Britain's vote to leave the European Union in 2016 were on display, with pro-EU lawmakers saying they had received death threats.

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"It all changed without Dominic Grieve or anyone else being consulted".

Speaking on BBC One's Question Time, Dominic Grieve MP, said the government's amendment "made the motion unamendable, contrary to the usual methods of the House of Commons".

And Sarah Wollaston tweeted: "So just to be clear we are now going to have to amend the "unamendable" after the agreed amendable amendment acquired a sneaky sting in the tail".

In the House of Commons on Thursday morning, Labor's Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer pressed Brexit Secretary David Davis on seemingly conflicting accounts of what the would-be rebels were offered. "Parliament can not - and should not - accept it".

The assurances resulted in putting down the potential rebellion, and saw May's Brexit amendments carry the day.

"Ultimately, this saga demonstrates that the Tories are more interested in party unity than the country".

She hailed Grieve as a "hero" for supporting a final say on Brexit. They can not be trusted with Brexit.

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