Pro-EU lawmaker in Britain's Conservative party: 'We could collapse government'

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Theresa May has insisted she has listened to Tory rebels' concerns after they rejected her bid to find a compromise over the EU Withdrawal Bill.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister only just managed to persuade potential rebels to back down minutes before the crunch vote to an amendment scheduled by pro-EU Tory ringleader Dominic Grieve - demanding measures be put in place to avoid the United Kingdom leaving with "no deal".

The ping-pong process of the withdrawal bill between the two houses of parliament returns to the Lords on Monday, when peers are expected to reject the amendment drafted by May and her team, and insert one modelled more closely on Grieve's idea.

The upper House of Lords, which wants to keep Britain close to the European Union after the United Kingdom leaves in March, will rake over the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on Monday (Jun 18), before it returns to the lower House of Commons on Wednesday.

Grieve had hoped to agree a motion that MPs could amend so that they could set out what kind of action the government should take if they rejected a deal negotiated with Brussels.

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Under the Government's plan, MPs will only be able to debate the Prime Minister's next move if no deal is struck or they vote down the deal, and would have no power to direct what should happen next.

Tom Tugendhat, Conservative chairman of the United Kingdom parliamentary foreign affairs select committee, said there would be a "new government" if Mrs May lost the so-called "meaningful vote" on the terms of withdrawal, due to take place in October.

On Tuesday, rebels in May's party who want parliament to have more say over the final outcome of negotiations on leaving the European Union extracted a major concession from the government in exchange for not voting against their leader. The spokeswoman said the government had listened to MPs who had called for the "ability to express their views, in the unlikely event that our preferred scenario did not come to pass".

Rebels are angry because the Government amendment leaves Parliament facing a "deal or no deal" choice.

The Prime Minister faced a marathon 12 Commons votes over her Brexit plans on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Government comfortably avoiding defeat in all of them. Calls for MPS to have a "meaningful vote" on Brexit are nothing to do with parliamentary scrutiny; they are about stopping Brexit.

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She explained how in the week beginning July 9 the UK Government would publish a White Paper on Brexit, setting out in more detail its ambition for a future relationship with the EU.

He told PA: "After what had been a very sensible negotiation, I thought we had an agreement, and at the last moment, part of the text was changed to make the final motion unamendable if there isn't a deal by the end of January 21". Ministers are digging in and refusing to give ground for now.

In the House of Commons on Thursday morning, Labor's Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer pressed Brexit Secretary David Davis on seemingly conflicting accounts of what the would-be rebels were offered.

"Similarly we must have an independent trade policy, and that does not mean staying in the customs union with the EU".

"But it's also important that Parliament can not and should not overturn the will of the British people, which was to leave the European Union".

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