May wins Brexit vote, avoids rebellion

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The government's eleventh hour amendment, lifted in large parts from Tory Remainer Dominic Grieve's own proposal and to be presented to the Lords on Monday, is expected to give MPs the right to veto the government's strategy if it fails to secure a political agreement with the European Union by 30 November.

The Lib Dems, who identify strongly as an anti-Brexit party to the point of pushing for a second referendum and running by-elections in Remain-friendly seats on that platform, opposed the Government.

By a vote of 324 to 298, the House of Commons rejected a move to give lawmakers power to send the government back to the negotiating table if they don't like the terms of the Brexit deal struck with the EU.

"It is fundamentally important that parliament should have a voice so that it can influence the final outcome in the interests of the people that it serves", Lee said.

"The government have conceded that this is necessary and I expect to see a new amendment to cover this situation soon".

"A vote between bad and worse is not a meaningful vote".

Dr Lee added: "If Brexit is worth doing, then it is certainly worth doing well; regardless of how long that takes".

"Secondly, we can not change the fundamental constitutional structure which makes the Government responsible for worldwide relations and global treaties".

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However, Mr Rees-Mogg bucked the trend by denying that a no deal option in Brexit talks was dead, instead claiming the decision today had made a no deal scenario "more likely".

Talks will now be held between ministers and Tory MPs uneasy with the government's handling of Brexit, in the hope of reaching an agreement before the legislation is passed back to the House of Lords.

Earlier, Brexit minister David Davis told parliament a government defeat would undermine negotiations with Brussels and warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to "reverse Brexit".

The vote came on the first of two days of high-stakes debate and votes in the House of Commons on the government's flagship Brexit bill.

Lee said that nonetheless, the present course raised questions of legitimacy because the end game was unclear.

The Bracknell MP, who called for a second referendum on whatever deal Mrs May secures from the European Union, later told the Commons there was growing evidence that the Government's Brexit policy is "detrimental to the people we were elected to serve". "We have no doubt of what was going on".

But in a last-ditch concession by the Government to swerve a revolt, the PM is indicating that it will put forward two of the three parts of Mr Grieve's amendment when the bill returns to the House of Lords. If some of its leave-supporting lawmakers choose to vote against the amendment, the government could avoid defeat altogether. Yet now, with just hours to go before the parliamentary showdown, the Prime Minister looks as though she has brought her administration back from the brink.

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