Brexit CHAOS: Brexiteers vs Remainers - Tory rebels claim 'personal assurances' from May

Brexit news UK EU latest Theresa May backstop

Brexit news UK EU latest Theresa May backstop

But pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve said that with the government's move "I am quite satisfied that we are going to get a meaningful vote on both "deal" and "no deal" scenarios.

The Prime Minister avoided losing any of the 15 votes on amendments sent down from the Lords.

His shock departure came as David Davis warned potential Tory rebels that they can not undo the European Union referendum, ahead of a tricky 48 hours in which the Government will try to get its Brexit programme back on track.

But Solicitor General Robert Buckland publicly implied that Government would be accepting part of Grieve's amendment, and said that a "structured discussion" would take place with rebels.

The EU published an explainer of its own backstop proposal in a bid to convince the United Kingdom government of its merits, but Theresa May has said it is not acceptable because it creates a regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the UK.

To buy off a group of Tory rebels - whose ranks were boosted by the shock resignation of Justice Minister Phillip Lee Tuesday morning - the prime minister agreed in principle, according to the rebels, to write into law a new deadline in the Brexit talks: November 30, 2018.

"This justifies my decision to resign and makes it a lot less painful".

She also explained she was exhausted of MPs approaching her in "quiet and dark corridors", of British businesses who demand private meetings where they "lay bare their despair but refuse to go public", and those commentators who encourage her to keep going in the face of death threats.




Although their compromise offer bought off other potential Tory rebels, the government later issued a series of red lines they would not cross in trying to appease backbenchers. "We have to come back together and we have to do the right thing".

Soubry reminded the House of Commons of the 48% who were being ignored by the government.

Ahead of the crucial votes, Brexit Secretary David Davis warned MPs that defeat would undermine the UK's negotiating stance in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Tory Brexiteer Bernard Jenkin told the government he would not accept ministers agreeing to Mr Grieve's demand for the House of Commons to assume control of Brexit negotiations in the event of no deal.

What was agreed was the prime minister understood that parliament wants to have a real say, in all circumstances, in relation to what's going to happen in the Brexit deal.

Dr Lee handed in his resignation just hours before Mrs May faces a House of Commons battle to pass legislation that will allow her to proceed with Brexit. He said: "Facing the prospect of a humiliating defeat, Theresa May has been forced to enter negotiations with her backbenchers and offer a so-called concession".

"We will wait and see the details of this concession and will hold ministers to account to ensure it lives up to the promises they have made to Parliament".

The UK published its "backstop" plans last week, after a reported tussle over the wording between Mr Davis and Prime Minister Theresa May.

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