UK PM May survives crucial Brexit vote in parliament

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The UK government bill on Brexit will irrevocably pave the way for Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Some of her opponents on Brexit may simply have made a decision to save their energy for later fights on issues such as future trading ties and customs arrangements with the bloc before Britain's scheduled departure in March next year.

Before the Commons vote, Dominic Grieve, leader of the would-be rebels - who wanted to ensure MPs had the power to stop the United Kingdom leaving without a deal - said the "sovereignty of Parliament" had been acknowledged.

As reported, the government bill on the conditions for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union went through parliament despite the resistance of some of the deputies of the ruling Conservative Party.

There will now be another vote on Wednesday after the Lords backed an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, tabled by Viscount Hailsham, which would require the Government to allow MPs to vote on how it would proceed in the absence of a Brexit deal by January 21 next year.

The government was anxious enough about losing today to budge, even if they only gave an inch.

What's more, in capitulating, the Rebel Remainers have in practice made it much less likely that the PM will either negotiate or deliver the Brexit terms they favour - because the True Brexiters in the cabinet will argue that today's vote proves the Remainers have neither the resolve or numbers to defeat them.

Government whips are reportedly refusing to help ill and hospitalised Labour MPs take part in the vote, according to various reports.

"And in the circumstances that might follow a no deal, which would undoubtedly be one of the biggest political crises in modern British history, if the house wishes to speak. the house has the power to do it", Grieve said.

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In the end, just six Tories defied the whip, including former justice minister Philip Lee, former chancellor Ken Clarke and arch-Remainer Anna Soubry.

One Labour MP, Naz Shah, voted in a wheelchair after being released from hospital amid Labour claims that normal arrangements sparing unwell MPs from having to enter the chamber had been abandoned.

MPs will then vote on this statement.

The amendment, drafted by Tory rebel Dominic Grieve, had been passed in the House of Lords and become something of a sticking point between the Houses of Parliament.

The government instead offered only an unamendable "neutral motion", which would have allowed MPs to take note of the situation.

The Department for Exiting the European Union has now conceded that it will be up to Commons Speaker John Bercow to decide the matter at the time.

The Brexit Withdrawal bill will now go back to the House of Lords where it is nearly certain to be supported, paving the way for Royal Assent by Queen Elizabeth II.

Grieve subsequently withdrew his support from his own amendment at the last moment, accepting a government compromise and reassurance about respect for the power MPs held regarding accountability of the government.

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