Theresa May accused of being 'sneaky' on Brexit Bill

Former Attorney General for England and Wales Dominic Grieve | Rob Stothard  Getty Images

Under these circumstances, a minister must make a statement in Parliament within 14 days and give MPs an opportunity to vote.

Concessions on the meaningful vote were made by Theresa May on Tuesday 12 June 2018 and secured her a 324 to 298 victory in the first House Commons vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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".

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.

Crucially, the motion will be unamendable, meaning that MPs can not insert a requirement for May to go back to the negotiating table, extend the Brexit transition or revoke the UK's withdrawal under Article 50.

Dominic Grieve told the BBC that, "The wording of the deal with May has been changed and the final format is unacceptable". "It is not in accordance with the normal procedures of the House of Commons and it totally negates the point of the amendment, which was to give MPs a say". Grieve said. "I'd urge (Brexit minister) David Davis".

"And that, I can tell you, I am not prepared to do".

"There were various iterations of the motion, yes there were times in the day when we were looking at different iterations", he told Sky News.

In her own interview broadcast on Sunday the prime minister rejected the idea she had double-crossed her rebels.

He added: "I have not lied, certainly not".

However, the government has fallen into a row with MPs in May's own party who think parliament should have a greater say in the exit process than ministers want to give it.

The former attorney general said it was important for MPs to have a real say on a Brexit deal.

That was the frank message from Tory MP Mike Wood, who has warned his fellow politicians that people are sick and exhausted of them bickering amongst themselves over the UK's departure from the EU.

The latest confrontation took place in the unelected House of Lords, which on Monday voted 354 to 235 in favour of a plan that would allow parliament to shape the government's next steps in the event that MPs reject the deal May negotiates with Brussels, or if she fails to negotiate one at all.

"Would be amusing if only it wasn't such a serious issue, Preventing the most destructive Brexit matters to the majority in Parliament..."

However, following the release of the Government's proposals, she said: "I understand the Government has tabled an amendment that has not been agreed by Dominic Grieve".

Leading pro-EU Conservative Dominic Grieve said the compromise "cannot be accepted".

Robert Buckland, the Solicitor General, insisted United Kingdom ministers intended to press on with their own meaningful vote amendment, which suggested a Government motion on the final deal could not be amended; rebels believe this means the meaningful vote would, therefore, not be meaningful.

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