Article 50 bill to complete passage through Commons

Mr Davis took particular issue with the second amendment - on guaranteeing MPs and Lords a vote on the final Brexit deal.

It would be a serious dereliction of duty if the British government failed to plan for the possibility of not reaching an exit deal with the European Union, a committee of lawmakers said in a report published on Sunday.

"Only a little over two years ago people in Scotland voted decisively to remain part of our United Kingdom in a referendum which the Scottish government defined as a "once in a generation" vote". After a High Court ruling, the Supreme Court held that only parliament could trigger Brexit, forcing May and her cabinet to push a bill through parliament.

He said: "The landing zone for this negotiation is that you come up with the principles of the finances, in the beginning, and then you start the negotiations at the same time on Britain's new relationship with the European Union".

But after Britain's vote to leave the European Union at the referendum deepened geographical and social divisions, she will now be forced to seek a deal that defuses threats by Scottish and Irish nationalists calling for independence votes.

That has not thrown the already complicated Brexit talks into chaos, as the government is already facing the Herculean task of negotiating Brexit with 27 other countries, each with their own agendas.

The House of Lords voted not to insist on its original amendments giving protections to European Union citizens in a post-Brexit Britain and called for a "meaningful vote" on any divorce deal.

"Because we, at the end, within two years from now, we have to give the consent on this final agreement and it will be a very hard moment because it's two months before the European elections that we need to give our consent and we will only give our consent if the agreement is in line with our opinion and our redlines we have indicated", Verhofstadt said.

Once the MPs have made their decision the bill returns to the House of Lords, where peers will decide whether to pass further amendments and send it back to the Commons or to approve the version sent to them.

"That's not in anybody's interest, which is why I understand we need to plan for no deal but I think it's unlikely to happen because economic reality will get in the way", he added.

The PM's official spokesman said last night: "I've said 'end" many times but it would seem I didn't put it in capital letters strongly enough'.

The third hurdle is Scotland as voters there overwhelmingly rejected breaking away from the EU.

Sturgeon said she wanted the referendum to take place between late 2018 and early 2019, before Brexit negotiations are completed.

In an interview with the BBC, Labour's leader in the Lords Baroness Smith said they had "done their best" in the face of what she claimed was the government's "pure stubbornness".



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