Theresa May wins Brexit blueprint vote as United Kingdom parties splinter

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'Ultimately it's very likely this amendment will come back, ' he said.

Earlier, Mrs May was hit by the resignation of justice minister Phillip Lee, who quit the Government live on stage during a speech in London in order to be able to back Mr Grieve's amendment.

The Prime Minister has sought to reassure Brexit supporters that the concessions do not amount to handing the Remainer-dominated Parliament an effective veto over the Brexit deal - or Brexit itself.

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.

According to the rebels, May told them that ministers were prepared to accept two key demands contained in a compromise amendment tabled by former Conservative attorney general Dominic Grieve, and would bring them forward by the time the bill returns to the House of Lords next week.

In the last few days Remainers have been playing down the chances of a government defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill, as they keep their powder dry for the forthcoming Trade and Customs Bills.

"We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the Government's hands in the negotiations".

To avoid defeat, the government promised to make its own changes to the bill to strengthen Parliament's powers.

The British government is in talks with lawmakers to find a way around an amendment proposed by parliament's upper house which challenges Prime Minister Theresa May's refusal to pursue a customs union with the EU, a Brexit minister said on Monday.

"We are asking members of parliament to abide by the referendum result, our manifesto commitment and to back our country", Andrew Bridgen, Conservative lawmaker and Brexit campaigner, told Reuters.

There was little doubt the government would win on the customs union and single market, which some pro-EU lawmakers say is the only way for Britain to retain economically advantageous close ties with the bloc, with the opposition Labour Party also divided over future relations.

The plan is an emergency measure to ensure that no border controls emerge between Northern Ireland and Ireland as a outcome of the United Kingdom leaving the customs union.

Some of the pro-EU rebels said they had been assured by May that elements proposed by Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve would be brought into the European Union withdrawal bill, which will sever ties with the bloc and "copy and paste" its laws. Davis has suggested he will resign several times since entering the job two years ago, and each time he failed to do so has strengthened May's position. She now relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party.

In another day of political drama at Westminster, five Labour MPs, one of them a shadow cabinet minister, resigned from their party roles so they could defy their party managers and vote against a Labour party measure.

Soubry made one of the most sobering points, telling MPs she knew of at least one colleague who would not vote with their conscience for fear of their safety, and that of their family and staff.

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