The UK's plan for Brexit has just suffered another major blow

The UK's plan for Brexit has just suffered another major blow

"Parliament can't tie government's hands in negotiations".

Sometime after 1400 GMT, the House of Lords will debate different proposals for a "meaningful" vote - the role parliament will play if lawmakers reject a deal that May negotiates with the European Union, or if she fails to agree any exit deal.

The rebels are holding out for more, warning that they could bring down the government.

In her own interview broadcast on Sunday the prime minister rejected the idea she had double-crossed her rebels.

"We recognise the concerns people have about the role of parliament", May told BBC television.

It's a big blow to May who is trying to press ahead with the legislation needed for Brexit but, due to no absolute majority, she's has to resort to striking a delicate balance between rebel MPs on both sides of her party.

Theresa May avoided defeat on the issue last week but rebels say concessions made by Downing Street are "valueless".

A United Kingdom government's compromise to avoid a Commons defeat on Brexit has been rejected as "unacceptable" by leading rebel Dominic Grieve.

However, the vote would be on "a motion in neutral terms", merely stating that the House has considered the statement.

"If the PM goes back on that there will be no agreed amendment that I can support #sortitplease", leading pro-European lawmaker Anna Soubry tweeted.




The British public voted to Leave the European Union nearly two years ago in June 2016, in a referendum which MPs authorised and the Government promised to honour.

The wording had unfortunate overtones of her predecessor, Sir John Major, who, breaking off from the 1997 general election campaign to take on the anti-EU "bastards" in his own party over the single currency, said: "Whether you agree with me or disagree with me; like me or loathe me, don't bind my hands when I am negotiating on behalf of the British nation".

"Our position is to support the amendment as tabled (proposed) by the government", he said.

He said it was unlikely that MPs would reject the Government's final deal with the European Union in January 2019, or that no deal is reached.

The Labour Party said the offer was "not good enough".

That would tee up a showdown when the bill returns for a more decisive vote in the elected House of Commons on Wednesday, where May's minority government can afford to lose no more than a handful of Conservative rebels.

The tool they are using is an amendment to a key piece of legislation that the government needs to get passed before Brexit day.

One of the most prominent Tory rebels, Dominic Grieve, last week said the government's actions were a "slap in the face".

Speaking before the vote, foreign minister Boris Johnson reinforced the government's view that discussion of the meaningful vote was hypothetical as ministers were confident of getting a deal with Brussels that parliament will approve.

"The alternative", Mr Grieve said, "is we've all got to sign up to a slavery clause now, saying "Whatever the Government does when it comes to January - however potentially catastrophic it might be for my constituents and my country - I'm signing in blood now that I'm following over the edge of a cliff".

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