United Kingdom government defeats pro-EU lawmakers on Brexit, for now

Ken Clarke recently a favourite of liberal Remainers but long a Conservative minister

On the second day of debate on changes to May's EU withdrawal bill, lawmakers will vote on amendments handed down from the upper house of parliament over Britain's relationship to the bloc's customs union and single market.

Mr Grieve withdrew his own amendment, which would have given MPs powers to dictate what the Government should do if no acceptable agreement is reached by February 2019.

Morgan said if a compromise amendment did not emerge, rebels could work with the Lords to ensure the changes took place. The government earlier had said it would not support that amendment.

In a statement later, the Department for Exiting the European Union said the government had "agreed to look for a compromise".

Mr Lilico's comments come after the Government avoided defeat to its EU Withdrawal Bill after a last-minute deal aimed at placating a Tory rebellion.

But she also set ground rules, saying she would not allow parliament to tie her hands in the Brexit negotiations in Brussels or allow lawmakers to overturn "the will of the British people" - conditions that limit the powers she can hand over.

Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme what would happen under Government plans if MPs voted against the deal eventually secured by Mrs May, Mr Davis said: "If they throw it out, well, they throw it out".

Addressing a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee on Monday ahead of a series of crunch Commons votes, the Prime Minister told MPs to consider the signal that would be sent to Brussels if the Government was defeated.

He added: "I understand the difficulties MPs representing constituencies which voted strongly for Leave or Remain have on the EEA amendment".

However, she faces a gruelling bout of "parliamentary ping-pong" with the Lords as the Bill bounces back and forth between the two Houses over the coming weeks.

Theresa May has said that Parliament can not be allowed to "overturn the will of the British people" on Brexit.

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Remainer Stephen Hammond said a group of potential rebels - believed to number 15 to 20 - received assurances from the PM moments before the key vote.

"The British people voted to leave the European Union, and as prime minister I'm determined to deliver that", she told lawmakers.

The government says the changes would weaken Britain's negotiating position and is seeking to reverse them in the Commons.

And in a signal of deepening Tory tensions over Europe, Phillip Lee quit as justice minister hours before yesterday's vote in protest at the Brexit plans.

"If, in the future, I am to look my children in the eye and honestly say that I did my best for them I can not, in all good conscience, support how our country's exit from the European Union looks set to be delivered".

Yet this week's marathon Brexit debate have Labour members of Parliament concerned about their Brexit-voting electorates - and pro-European lawmakers frustrated by Corbyn's euroskeptic history - airing frustrations in full view.

"They want us to deliver on Brexit and build a brighter future for Britain as we take back control of our money, our laws and our borders".

After days of division and bitter rows between Brexiteers and Remainers in the Tory ranks, Theresa May was able to see off another amendment that would have tied Britain to the customs union post-Brexit by 325 votes to 298, majority 27.

But Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, a leading Brexit backer, said the concessions could "come back to haunt" the government if they amounted to a veto over the terms of the UK's departure.

"Time will tell as to whether this is just another attempt to buy off the rebels or a real attempt at consensus".

He also insisted he wanted to "speak up for his constituents" - even though Eurosceptics pointed out his Bracknell seat voted 53 per cent to Leave in the referendum.

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