May sees off more Brexit challenges in Parliament

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I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the European Union which is as frictionless as possible.

Instead, MPs will be offered a vote on an unamendable statement, which would effectively turn any vote into to a vote of confidence in the prime minister.

British Prime Minister Theresa May managed to overcome the remaining hurdles to her Brexit blueprint on Wednesday after the House of Commons rejected amendments made by the House of Lords that would have seen the United Kingdom remain in the European Economic Area (EEA) and EU customs union after Brexit.

Grieve, who tabled the original amendment, said the new version was "unacceptable", because this phrase meant it was impossible for MPs to amend the government's proposals.

Dominic Grieve says he thought he had reached an agreement but the government changed the text 'at the last minute'.

Mr Grieve said he hoped a compromise would be found and warned "this isn't the end of the matter" if that did not happen.

During the debate, a number of MPs pointed to the contradiction of fighting to gain back control of parliamentary sovereignty, whilst denying the principle that MPs are the final arbiters of the popular vote.

Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs had earlier walked out of the Commons in protest at what they said was the government's "contempt" for Scotland in the withdrawal process.

Another, aiming to force Theresa May into staying in "a customs union" with the European Union will be voted on Wednesday.

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Conservative MPs react with fury as they accuse Theresa May of breaking her promise to give parliament a veto on a no-deal Brexit.

Remainer Stephen Hammond said a group of potential rebels - believed to number 15 to 20 - received assurances from the PM moments before the key vote.

The EEA mirrors the single market, meaning Britain would have to abide by the free movement of people and other rules - an outcome pro-Brexit MPs argues defies the will of the people.

In parliament, May told lawmakers she had agreed with Brexit minister David Davis to "bring forward an amendment in the (House of) Lords".

Shortly before the text of the amendment was tabled, former minister Anna Soubry tweeted to say that "deal or no deal Parliament will have a meaningful vote and. there will be no hard Brexit" but after the proposal was published she said "without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed".

Mike Russell, the Scottish Government's Brexit minister, branded the UK Government a "travesty and a disgrace", asking "How can any meaningful negotiation take place after that?"

Or perhaps, this is in fact the completely predictable agony of split political parties, with leaders who struggle to command their troops, just trying to make it through after a huge vote that by its very nature, split the country in two.

Tory MP Heidi Allen (South Cambridgeshire) responded to his point, saying: "It's huge, it actually says I think logically we will have to come to a customs union agreement, partnership, love dance, don't care what you call it, that's what we will need to avoid any border to Northern Ireland".

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