Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

United Kingdom government faces more bruising Brexit debate in Commons

United Kingdom government faces more bruising Brexit debate in Commons

Rosie Duffield then quit after the vote, which saw the House of Commons reject the proposed amendment by 327 votes to 126.

Some lawmakers say this is what they were promised; the government is less clear and has made statements apparently to the contrary. And if there is still no agreement before February 15 parliament would vote on whether to take over the Brexit process.

The government agreed to discuss elements of a rebel plan to create new checks and balances on the Brexit deal, and where possible incorporate them into the laws that will formally end Britain's European Union membership.

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.

"Overall, the latest developments are supportive for the pound".

This group of pro-EU Tory MPs - including Anna Soubry, Ken Clarke and the amendment's author, Dominic Grieve - have warned May that failure to deliver on her promise of greater powers for MPs to shape Brexit would force them to defeat her on this issue in a few weeks' time. "Parliamentary pressure will remain in place to soften the Brexit outcome", says Lee Hardman, a currency analyst at MUFG.

Robert Buckland, the current attorney general, appeared to confirm earlier claims by Sky News when speaking with the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.

A junior minister in the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned on Tuesday ahead of a crucial vote that could decide the future of Brexit-and perhaps the Prime Minister herself.

The upshot is that May has survived another day in the battle to extract Britain from the European Union - and may yet pull off a compromise that wins the support of both wings of her party - but it is the rebel Remainers who believe they are now in the ascendency.

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That said, while the government may have won the battle on customs, the war is still to come.

Lee's resignation came as May's fragile minority government scrambled to shore up support among lawmakers before two days of debate and votes in the House of Commons on its flagship Brexit bill.

This change sought to give greater powers to the "sifting committee", which would be established to decide whether recommendations proposed by ministers to amend retained European Union law after Brexit would require a Commons vote.

Mr McDonnell also sought to allay business concerns about the prospect of a Labour government, insisting that he would be "open and transparent" about the party's policies and there was "nothing up my sleeve".

Setting out the approach for a customs union and "full access to the internal market" which would be "underpinned by shared institutions and shared regulations", he said: "That's the type of deal either this government will be forced to enter into or a Labour government will implement".

PM May's Conservatives have "confidence and supply" arrangement with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party that affords them a narrow majority of just 10 votes in the House of Commons. So each and every vote counts when it comes to key pieces of legislation.

However, a fluctuating group of between six and 15 Conservative MPs including Dominic Grieve have frustrated the government's efforts to withdraw the United Kingdom from the institutions that make up the European Union.

The Pound was quoted 0.29% lower at 1.3334 against the US Dollar Wednesday while the Pound-to-Euro rate was 0.42% lower at 1.1334.

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