Hyperion wrote:So if 15 Labour MPs are willing to vote against EEA/Customs Union, are there even the numbers with Tory rebels to vote through this amendment should it come back from the Lords?
Only if the entire Labour party were to vote for EEA membership which Corbyn will never allow. Even if that did happen, it's unknown if there would be enough Tory rebels. But knowing that Labour will be voting with them could inspire enough rebels to vote and swing it.
As it stood, in tonight's vote with Labour under orders to abstain there were probably more than a few Tories who figured that rebelling would do no good and it'd be a meaningless sacrifice of their careers. If they thought they had a chance of being on the winning side though they might decide it's worth the risk.
MPs will be granted a vote which they believe would block a “no-deal” Brexit if the negotiations in Brussels fail, under a deal struck with Theresa May.
The prime minister has agreed to the showdown, in February 2019, to avert a threatened revolt by pro-EU Tory rebels after talks today, The Independent has learned.Full details of the amendment to be tabled to the EU Withdrawal Bill will be published later, ahead of a 5pm deadline for debating it in the House of Lords on Monday.
Leading rebel Anna Soubry tweeted her delight with the outcome, saying: “Dominic Grieve should be hailed a hero for what he has achieved for democracy.“Deal or no deal Parliament will have a meaningful vote and to be clear there will be no hard #Brexit when the EU Withdrawal Bill is passed.
”Mr Grieve, the former attorney general leading the revolt, had insisted that MPs must have the power to prevent a “no deal” – threatening Ms May with defeat next week if she refused.He was also pushing to force the government to give MPs a decisive say on the next steps if the talks are still deadlocked at the end of November – or if the Commons has rejected a deal.
It was unclear whether that part of his amendment would survive in the fresh text to be put forward for next week’s clashes.