Why Hartlepool MP voted with Government on Brexit proposals

Aaron Brown
June 18, 2018

Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General who has led the charge for Parliament to have a greater say in the Brexit negotiations, was reportedly angry at the amendment.

May avoided nearly certain defeat in the Commons on Tuesday by assuring rebels that their concerns about having a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal would be addressed.

Instead, MPs would be allowed to vote only on a "neutral" motion, confirming that they have considered a statement by a minister on the issue.

"My intention is to support Dominic Grieve in the amendment that he put before the house, because that's what I publicly stated last Tuesday", he told Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday show.

"I voted on Tuesday to make sure that the sovereign institution of this nation, our Parliament, gets its full sovereign right to review our new relationship with the trading partners we will have in future".

This includes a call for a more "meaningful vote" on the Brexit process for MPs.

Conservative rebels have said they're prepared to bring down the Government this week if Parliament isn't granted a meaningful vote over the final Brexit deal - while a minister who recently resigned over the issue has said others may follow.

Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said: "The Government's amendment is simply not good enough".

May is struggling to unite the Conservative Party around her plan for leaving the European Union, trying to balance the demands of those who want the closest possible ties with the bloc and others who want a clean break.

Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry tweeted: "Deal or no deal, parliament will have a meaningful vote and to be clear there will be no hard #Brexit when the EUWithdrawal Bill is passed".

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Pro-EU Tories were quick to voice their anger.

A United Kingdom government's compromise to avoid a Commons defeat on Brexit has been rejected as "unacceptable" by leading rebel Dominic Grieve.

"Grateful for the conversations but without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed", she said.

"Theresa May has gone back on her word and offered an amendment that takes the meaning out of the meaningful vote".

Sarah Wollaston, who is also unhappy with the current state of the government's flagship Brexit bill, claimed a compromise agreed with ministers had "acquired a sneaky sting in the tail" by the time it was formally tabled.

Her concession to discuss the changes may mean lawmakers could have more power if she fails to secure a Brexit deal, possibly leading to a softer approach to Britain's divorce.

For now, May saw off a revolt that would have challenged her authority at a time when she is increasingly under pressure to move ahead with all-but-stalled Brexit talks in Brussels by offering a more detailed plan.

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.

Mr Davis would not be drawn on the details, saying the proposal would meet three criteria: that it does not overturn the referendum result, does not undermine negotiations and does not change the country's constitutional structure which involves the government negotiating.

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