UK PM May wins vote, parliament rejects staying in European Economic Area

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"I promised them that I would deal in good faith, we looked at iterations, they have been involved in the process - as have other colleagues - and in the end a decision was made by the Government to table the motion in these terms".

A spokeswoman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said the government's new amendment respected the tests set out by Brexit Secretary David Davis later on Tuesday evening, which state any compromise amendment must not undermine negotiations with Brussels or hinder the government's ability to negotiate global treaties in future.

Mr Grieve had originally wanted the amendment to say that the government must seek the approval of Parliament for its course of action - and that ministers must be directed by MPs and peers in the House of Lords.

The row centres on what say parliament will have over any final Brexit deal agreed with Brussels.

Conservative MPs react with fury as they accuse Theresa May of breaking her promise to give parliament a veto on a no-deal Brexit.

The Lords amendment number 25, which was voted through by MPs last night, states that the United Kingdom government must not do anything which is incompatible with the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

MPs voted by 324 to 298 to reject a House of Lords amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would have given MPs the power to tell the Prime Minister to go back and renegotiate the Brexit deal.

In a headache for leader Jeremy Corbyn, however, 75 Labour MPs rebelled against his order to abstain on the vote, including five who quit their jobs in the shadow cabinet.

The amendment, which would push the government towards adopting a Norway-style deal with Brussels, was voted down by 327 votes to 126, a majority of 201.

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Solicitor General Robert Buckland said the government remained "open-minded", but this may or may not result in it coming forward with new proposals in the coming days.

The British government faced more bruising debate on its key Brexit bill on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time), after being forced to give ground to pro-EU lawmakers to avoid defeat.

"The government can not demonstrate the flexibility necessary for a successful deal if its hands are tied midway through that process", Davis said.

Mr Grieve previously tabled his own proposals, which would have allowed Parliament to dictate the next steps the Government should take if no deal was reached by the end of February.

"The government's position isn't a position, its a sham to get through the next 48 hours and keep Jacob Rees-Mogg in check".

An agreement that defused a potential rebellion over handing parliament more control over Britain's exit from the European Union looked in danger of unravelling on Wednesday, when the two camps argued over the shape of a possible compromise on a "meaningful vote".

"Another said: "[May] said she didn't like it but we could discuss it. "Parliament can not - and should not - accept it".

The legislation will be debated on Monday by the upper House of Lords and if no compromise is agreed, May could face a damaging defeat when it returns to the lower house on Wednesday.

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