Brexit: May Un-Surrenders to Tory Remainers, Faces Parliamentary Rebellion

The intervention in the Commons came after Dr Lee resigned as justice minister

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, June 13, 2018.

Dominic Grieve, the leading Conservative Remainer, admitted he and his pro-European colleagues could end Mrs May's premiership as a row over Parliament's role in Brexit negotiations continued to intensify.

But following the release of the Government's proposals, she said: "I understand the Government has tabled an amendment that has not been agreed by Dominic Grieve".

Mr Grieve told the BBC: "We could collapse the Government, and I can assure you that I wake up at 2am in a cold sweat thinking about the problems that we have put on our shoulders". It will then come back to the Commons once more, when MPs likewise can reject or vote through amendments to the legislation.

Despite the "vitriol" directed towards the rebels, "there is not a single MP who does not agree that getting the [withdrawal] bill on the statute book is essential for us all".

Created to address concerns aired by pro-EU Conservative backbenchers, the amendment suggests that Parliament should have a say on the final Brexit deal.

"My intention is to support Dominic Grieve in the amendment that he put before the house, because that's what I publicly stated last Tuesday", he told Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday show.

However, the vote will not give Parliament an explicit veto on Britain leaving the EU without a deal, which is contrary to what pro-EU MPs - including a powerful group of Conservative "rebels" - say they were promised by the prime minister this week.

Theresa May only just avoided a humiliating defeat in the House of Commons this week over the Brexit meaningful vote amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill by giving rebel MPs a last minute offer.

The government's amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill sets out what must happen in the event of three scenarios: If MPs vote down the UK-EU Brexit deal, if Theresa May announces before 21 January 2019 that no deal has been reached, or if 21st January passes with no deal being struck.

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"Grateful for the conversations but without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed".

What is the meaningful vote amendment?

Sarah Wollaston, who is also unhappy with the current state of the government's flagship Brexit bill, claimed a compromise agreed with ministers had "acquired a sneaky sting in the tail" by the time it was formally tabled.

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

She hailed Grieve as a "hero" for supporting a final say on Brexit.

"The Government's amendment is simply not good enough", the Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said.

"But it's also important that Parliament can not and should not overturn the will of the British people, which was to leave the European Union".

The rebels don't want to block Brexit, or even take control.

But the latest manoeuvre by a minority government that has been forced to compromise with parliament anxious some lawmakers who feared it would hand the European Union an incentive to withhold any agreement on an exit deal to force a "softer" Brexit.

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