Labour MPs' rebellion in Brexit Bill vote causes headache for Jeremy Corbyn

Ken Clarke recently a favourite of liberal Remainers but long a Conservative minister

Ken Clarke recently a favourite of liberal Remainers but long a Conservative minister

The Prime Minister is now expected to get through the latest round of crunch Brexit votes unscathed, with a potentially explosive clash over the customs union already defused by a compromise amendment.

Theresa May was forced into a major compromise yesterday when she had to agree to give parliament a greater role in Brexit negotiations to avert a defeat at the hands of rebels from her own party who want to keep close European Union ties after Britain leaves. However, as things stand now, they will not be able to send the government back into negotiations if they reject an agreement with the EU. The Lords have proposed amendments to the Bill and now it's up to the Commons to decide which, if any, changes they'll accept.

It came after Jeremy Corbyn suffered a major rebellion, with six members of his shadow team among more than a third of Labour MPs who voted against the whip over the Brexit Bill.

Eloise Todd, chief executive of Best for Britain, said: "We have been speaking both to government ministers and opposition MPs to make our case and lobby them on Brexit".

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

Compared to the government's proposal, this is a shorter time to respond, and gives parliament a vote to approve the response.

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In the tense atmosphere where it was not clear which way the vote would go, the government secured its victory only after offering concessions to one of the leaders of a group of Conservative lawmakers who were threatening to vote against May. The two then discussed a deal in whispers as other lawmakers made speeches around them.

Buckland indicated the government would look into the possibility of adopting Grieve's push for ministers to secure parliamentary approval for their Brexit plans if they fail to negotiate a deal with the EU.

It paid off. "I've just voted with the government following the assurances we got from the prime minister in a meeting this afternoon that our concerns. will be addressed", Grieve told Sky News.

He said: "I'm conscious that if we're to make progress we ought to try and do this by consensus, but he must also understand the difficulty the House is in when it is faced with this kind of choice".

The Bracknell MP, who called for a second referendum on whatever deal Mrs May secures from the European Union, later told the Commons there was growing evidence that the Government's Brexit policy is "detrimental to the people we were elected to serve".

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan, a leading Remainer, indicated she would support Mrs May in tomorrow's vote on an amendment created to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

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The Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary have appealed to rebel backbench MPs to vote with the government on the EU Withdrawal Bill to avoid the risk of undermining negotiations.

It's an amendment that calls for the government to "take all necessary steps to implement an global trade agreement which enables the U.K.to participate after exit day in a customs union with the EU in the same terms as existed before exit day".

But the parliamentary problems will not stop there.

The lower chamber, the House of Commons, voted against amendments introduced by the House of Lords.

There is little May can do. He said: "Facing the prospect of a humiliating defeat, Theresa May has been forced to enter negotiations with her backbenchers and offer a so-called concession".

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