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Carthy said, "In December the British government agreed that, in the absence of a comprehensive trade and customs agreement that avoids a hardening of the border in Ireland, a "backstop" will kick in".

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. The strained parliament session underlined deep divisions over Britain's European Union exit.

Anti-Brexit MPs had argued that removing the no-deal outcome was necessary for the vote to be a meaningful one.

The pro-European cause was boosted when junior justice minister Phillip Lee, a friend of May's, resigned shortly before the debate in order to back the veto amendment.

The government was putting a combative spin on the concessions Tuesday evening: "The Brexit Secretary has set out three tests that any new amendment has to meet - not undermining the negotiations, not changing the constitutional role of Parliament and Government in negotiating global treaties, and respecting the referendum result", a spokesperson for the Brexit department said in a statement.

Tuesday's Commons debate marked the start of the government's attempts to undo most of the changes to its EU Withdrawal Bill that were put forward by the House of Lords.

"It's probably too early to say", said one pro-Brexit lawmaker on what will happen next.

He added that Britain has to "accept the consequences" of its June 2016 referendum to leave the EU.

Corbyn instructed his MPs to abstain on the amendment, meaning they should neither vote for or against it. "You know, people want us to get on with it and that's exactly what we're doing", May told reporters on her way to a G7 summit in Canada.

Mike Russell, the Scottish Government's Brexit minister, branded the UK Government a "travesty and a disgrace", asking "How can any meaningful negotiation take place after that?"

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In the third major vote of the night, MPs voted on an amendment from the House of Lords aimed at preventing the repeal of the 1972 British Act of Parliament that took Britain into what was then known as the European Common Market.

Mr Rees-Mogg later used an op-ed in the Times to accuse meaningful vote-backers of wanting to stop Breit, saying the amendment would "introduce an unworkable constitutional proposition that on its own would make no deal more likely".

But pro-EU Tories are warning that they remain ready to rebel if their demands are not satisfied by the compromise amendment, expected to be tabled on Thursday ahead of the bill's return to the Lords on Monday.

Grieve proposed the government be forced to seek parliamentary approval for its strategy if it has not agreed a Brexit deal by the end of November.

Brexiteers were dejected by the turn of events, but are pinning their immediate hopes on the detail in the government's compromise. The difference in this particular case is the enormity of the issue in the context of Brexit and in a climate of suspicion and hostility from many on the Conservative backbenches towards their leader.

"We are asking members of parliament to abide by the referendum result, our manifesto commitment and to back our country", Andrew Bridgen, Conservative lawmaker and Brexit campaigner, told Reuters.

MPs reversed a move to retain the UK's EEA links after it leaves the European Union next year, which had been backed by the House of Lords, by 327 votes to 126.

The concession came after intensive horse-trading on the floor of the House of Commons, with chief whip Julian Smith shuttling between Tory backbenchers during debate on Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

That if the United Kingdom leaves the European single market and a customs partnership with the EU, you can easily avoid the re-introduction of a hard border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

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