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United Kingdom justice minister resigns over Brexit ahead of key votes

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Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 08:01

74 Labour MPs rebelled to vote against disagreeing with the Lords EEA amendment and 15 rebelled to vote with the Government in agreeing to reject the Lords EEA amendment.

Yesterday a minister unexpectedly resigned over the government's Brexit strategy, but one of his constituents is still absolutely fuming about it.

He said: "Brexit is not inevitable, but we do need Labour's front bench to do their job and join us in taking on the Tory government".

An agreement that defused a potential rebellion over handing parliament more control over Britain's exit from the European Union looked in danger of unraveling on Wednesday, when the two camps argued over the shape of a possible compromise on a "meaningful vote".

"Anything that undermines the government at home will make negotiations with the European Union more hard", May told a meeting of her cabinet. The strength of this commitment is yet to be seen in writing - and the Brexit department is still insisting it has not given up control of the negotiations - but the anti-Brexit rebels showed they have the numbers to force a defeat should the government renege on its pledge.

But in extraordinary scenes, ministers were forced to offer last-minute compromises to pro-European MPs before holding private talks in corners of the chamber as the debate raged on.

Flint said she could not support EEA membership because it would mean there would be no restriction on free movement. Currently, the government is offering lawmakers a "take it or leave it" vote on the final deal.

Conservative Brexit campaigners accused those in the party who indicated they would vote against the government of not respecting the referendum result.

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Earlier, Brexit minister David Davis told parliament a government defeat would undermine negotiations with Brussels and warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to "reverse Brexit".

The pro-European cause was boosted when junior justice minister Phillip Lee, a close personal friend of the prime minister, resigned shortly before the debate in order to back the veto amendment.

But it has secured victory on all the other votes so far on Tuesday, including a challenge to the government's plan to put March 29, 2019, or "Brexit Day".

Prior to the vote, Labour's staunch pro-EU MPs - such as Chuka Umunna and Owen Smith - pleaded with the leadership to embrace the Norway option, as they believe it's the best chance retain full access to the single market.

Attempts to keep the United Kingdom in the European Economic Area after Brexit have been defeated in the House of Commons, amid a major Labour revolt over the issue.

If May is defeated in the House of Commons it will be yet another blow to a prime minister whose authority has been challenged several times since last year's election. She now relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party.

Before the vote, she assured lawmakers she would honor her promise and deal with the "concerns raised about the role of parliament in relation to the Brexit process".

"The question of what form parliamentary approval of the withdrawal bill takes is one of the most significant decisions this house will have to take", he said.