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

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"Where some of its most senior people who hold the greatest offices of state, at every twist and turn, when our Prime Minister moves towards securing a Brexit that will serve everybody in our country, the softest, most sensible Brexit, both publicly and privately they undermine her and scupper her attempts".

But if the amendments being debated in Parliament this week force a change to the government's negotiating strategy, the wound could yet reopen.

Pro-EU lawmakers welcomed it as a signal that the government is giving up on a "no deal" Brexit.

Other amendments from the Lords to be debated Tuesday include transferring the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights into United Kingdom law and one forcing the government to negotiate to remain in the European Economic Area (EEA) like Norway.

However, ministers made a last minute offer to enter talks about accepting the bulk of an alternative rebel amendment which would give MPs more limited powers to prevent Britain from crashing out of the European Union without a deal. That clause - drafted by Grieve - basically hands a lot of power to Parliament if no deal has been agreed by the end of November. If and when agreement can be reached, the new amendment will be introduced in the House of Lords, when the bill returns there in the next stage of its passage through parliament.

Justice minister Phillip Lee is the first minister to resign over the government's Brexit policy.

It is expected that Tuesday will see MPs decide whether Parliament should have the power to set the Government's negotiating goals if Theresa May's deal with Brussels is voted down.

The British government was rocked by a resignation and faced anger in Parliament over its Brexit plans, but staved off defeat by offering concessions to MPs who want to soften the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union. "But where amendments have been made that seek to or inadvertently undermine the essential objective of the bill to provide a smooth and orderly exit, or undermine the referendum result, we must reject them". In between discussions, he spoke to ministers on the front benches, including May, scribbling notes on a Commons paper.

The E.U. (Withdrawal) Bill is the draft law that would set the legal framework for Brexit and Ms.

"A vote between bad and worse is not a meaningful vote". Labour will only vote for a final Brexit deal if it delivers a strong relationship with the Single Market based on full tariff-free access and ensures no loss of rights and standards.

That is when Theresa May reportedly gave 15-20 Conservative "rebels" assurances that the government would accept the general meaning of Dominic Grieve's alternative amendment. However, it is understood that she had concerns over the Lords amendment on the table.

In Tuesday's key vote, the government headed off a potential Conservative backbench rebellion and the vote passed by 324 votes to 298.

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