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Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Brexit: Theresa May Avoids Defeat Over "Meaningful Vote"

Brexit: Theresa May Avoids Defeat Over

After pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve said he would support the government's proposal for a "meaningful vote" in parliament on any Brexit deal, a potential rebellion that could have undermined May's authority looked was averted.

May has offered parliament a vote on the final terms of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, but has been engaged in months of negotiations over what happens if it is rejected.

"Therefore, in case of any doubt, the chances of the United Kingdom not to leave the European Union are now zero", Fox said.

The vote suggests Tory backbenchers had the numbers but not really the courage to bring down the government, although they secured a small procedural concession, which they hailed as a major victory.

Sterling rose slightly against the dollar after Grieve backed away from a confrontation over May's proposal for the role of parliament if she fails to negotiate an exit agreement with the European Union or if lawmakers reject any deal she returns with from Brussels.

There were dramatic scenes at Westminster on Wednesday as MPs were told shortly before the key vote of the final concession to pro-EU rebels.

Theresa May has seen off yet another Tory rebellion over Brexit, following a last-minute compromise on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

He said: "We've managed to reach a compromise without breaking the government - and I think some people don't realise we were getting quite close to that".

The vote, due on Wednesday afternoon or early evening, could have implications for Britain's wider Brexit strategy, indicating where the power lies in parliament.

"And in the circumstances that might follow a no deal, which would undoubtedly be one of the biggest political crises in modern British history, if the house wishes to speak. the house has the power to do it", Grieve said.

It also notes the parliamentary convention that time is made available to debate motions tabled by MPs on matters of concern.

In the end, just six Tories defied the whip, including former justice minister Philip Lee, former chancellor Ken Clarke and arch-Remainer Anna Soubry.

Francis Elliot, the political editor of The Times, reported seeing a sick MP being helped out of a auto and into the Houses of Parliament in order to take part in the vote.

If 21 January passes with no deal being struck. "Breaksit will give the British people a bright future, control over their money, laws and borders", added the Prime Minister.

The Conservatives had refused to allow "pairing" - where two MPs on either side of the vote are allowed to miss it, cancelling each other out - even before suspending "nodding through".

This vote would be on a "neutral motion", however, meaning it would not be open to any amendments that might force the government into a course of action.

Asked whether he still trusted Theresa May, Mr Grieve said: "I am very conscious that the Prime Minister is in great difficulty".

Mr Grieve said that the Brexit Secretary's statement amounted to an "obvious acknowledgement of the sovereignty of this place over the executive in black and white language".

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