UK Labour MPs Worried by Govt's EEA Deal With EU - Frontbencher

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The government's eleventh hour amendment, lifted in large parts from Grieve's own proposal and to be presented to the Lords on Monday, will compel the government to give a statement could give MPs the right to veto the government's strategy if it fails to secure a political agreement with the European Union by 30 November.

"When the Government is able to set out an achievable, clearly defined path - one that has been properly considered, whose implications have been foreseen, and that is rooted in reality and evidence, not dreams and dogma - it should go to the people, once again, to seek their confirmation", he wrote.

"Secondly, we can not change the fundamental constitutional structure which makes the Government responsible for worldwide relations and global treaties".

In a day of drama at Westminster, ministers caved into the rebel demands for a "meaningful vote" on Brexit in order to prevent a defeat on the EU Withdrawal bill which could have triggered a leadership crisis for the prime minister.

The Conservative backbencher revealed that six undercover police officers gave protection to an MP on a public engagement amid claims that threats were influencing Brexit votes.

Pro-Brexit tabloid the Sun warned lawmakers on Tuesday's front page that they had a choice: "Great Britain or great betrayal".

"The ERG are supporting the government", the MP said.

She told BBC Radio 4's World At One that "at least half a dozen" junior ministers had been "very uncomfortable for some time" at the Government's direction on Brexit.

"It will be down to the Government to come back to Parliament not just with a statement that we can do nothing about, but with something that we can vote on to say whether we're happy or not".

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He confirmed that ministers will seek to overturn 14 amendments which he said would undermine the objective of the Bill and fail to respect the result of the 2016 referendum.

During three and a half hours of tense debate on amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, government whips held whispered conferences with a handful of Tories on the Commons benches.

"The House is made up of 651 robust individuals whose position gives them a powerful say in what the executive can and cannot do".

'They want us to deliver on Brexit and build a brighter future for Britain as we take back control of our money, our laws and our borders'.

In the event, Dr Lee abstained on the crucial vote, saying he was "delighted" the Government had agreed to introduce an amendment giving Parliament "the voice I always wanted it to have in the Brexit process".

He also warned any attempt by so-called hard Brexiteers to "overthrow" Mrs May would be "completely mad".

Government sources signalled to the Press Association that ministers were set to back the move.

The Prime Minister made a bid to break the deadlock on Thursday with a proposal for a temporary customs union arrangement between the whole of the United Kingdom and the EU.

However, the compromise is only likely to delay a full-blown showdown on the customs union until trade legislation returns to the Commons in July.

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