Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

After winning Brexit compromise, UK's pro-EU rebels fear betrayal

After winning Brexit compromise, UK's pro-EU rebels fear betrayal

A super soft Brexit - or no Brexit at all - just got more likely.

Nick Ferrari told a Conservative "rebel" that her job is to get on with delivering the Brexit at the people voted for.

Lee, who voted for Britain to remain in the E.U.in the 2016 referendum, said in a statement he was "incredibly sad" to resign but did so in order to vote against the government's position on a key amendment to the bill.

Remain-supporting Dr Lee quit as justice minister live on stage during a speech in London, saying he could not support "how our country's exit from the European Union looks set to be delivered".

But pro-EU Tory MP Heidi Allen warned that other members of the Government may follow Dr Lee out of the door. It also seeks to hand the negotiations over to parliament after February 15 2019 if a deal has not been agreed by that time.

Under the proposal, if no deal has been reached with Brussels by this point, the government will return to the House of Commons to determine the next course of action.

On Tuesday, MPs debated and voted on proposed amendments to the government's EU Withdrawal Bill - which is still a long way from becoming law, but has already been touted as "the greatest constitutional change since the war". "If the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined", she told them, adding that she was confident that "I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the European Union which is as frictionless as possible".

MPs were told that one parliamentarian had to be accompanied to a public meeting by a six armed police officers because of threats over their stance on Brexit.

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The upshot of the shift may well be as dramatic as the parliamentary procedure is incomprehensible. The House of Lords has inserted 15 amendments to soften the terms of Britain's departure.

The Prime Minister appeared to have defused a potentially explosive row over the EU customs union on Monday night as Tory pro-Europe rebels Sir Oliver Letwin and Nicky Morgan and Brexiteers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Sir Bill Cash came together to table a separate compromise amendment backing "a customs arrangement" with the EU.

MPs, ministers and officials all agreed Tuesday that a soft Brexit or even the prospect of no Brexit is greatly increased - so too the prospect of a snap early election before the end of the year.

But he promised an "open and transparent" approach to policymaking, adding "there is nothing up my sleeve and when we go into government there will be no surprises". "It seems to wreck their plans".

The Labour leader had ordered his MPs to abstain on a House of Lords amendment that demanded Britain's continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA).

The House of Commons was holding a second day of votes on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, meant to disentangle Britain from the bloc.

If the government avoids defeat, is Brexit a done deal?

The prime minister still has time to come up with a form of words acceptable to both sides, but the expectations of the anti-Brexit rebels have been raised significantly. The government should be investing more in housing, the health service and education to relieve pressure on services, he said, not ending free movement of labor. "There could be a confidence motion [in the prime minister] or an early general election".

The government has avoided a major defeat on its Brexit bill by 324 votes to 298 after a late concession.

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