LONDON - A junior member of Prime Minister Theresa May's government resigned Tuesday over Brexit, emboldening pro-EU lawmakers ahead of key votes in Parliament on Britain's departure from the European Union.
In a painful blow the the PM, Remain-supporting MP Philip Lee quit as justice minister this morning, saying he could not support "how our country's exit from the European Union looks set to be delivered".
The vote came on the first of two days of high-stakes debate and votes in the House of Commons on the government's flagship Brexit bill.
And in a final vote, MPs voted by 326 votes to 301 to disagree with Lords amendment 52 linked to what European Union laws the United Kingdom will keep after Brexit.
But if the amendments being debated in Parliament this week force a change to the government's negotiating strategy, the wound could yet reopen.More news: Arab teams' best showing at World Cup is marketing dream for brands
"I think that's where a lot of the parliamentary party are".
"I am trying to negotiate the best deal for Britain", she said according to The Times.
The Lords amendment on a "meaningful vote" for MPs was defeated in the Commons by 324 to 298.
They also voted to disagree with Lords amendment 37, which was part of an attempt to remove the exit day from the Bill and allow the Commons to rethink its approach.More news: Fallout 76 Revealed, Prequel To The Previous Games
Justine Greening, a former education secretary, said she would back the rebel amendment, telling the Commons it was "sensible to have a structured process" to deal with the different scenarios that MPs could face.
Details of the government's commitment will have to be formalised next week in a new amendment to the bill.
After the vote, Grieve told the Guardian: "I am very pleased that the government has listened to the concerns of many colleagues and has responded positively to the need to amend the bill further to provide a proper mechanism to enable parliament to act, where necessary, if there is no deal or a deal is rejected by negotiations". The Daily Express featured the British flag as its front page with the headline: "Ignore the will of the people at your peril".
Theresa May saw off a revolt from the pro-European wing of her fractured party, averting what could have been a major political crisis.
Earlier, Brexit minister David Davis told parliament a defeat would undermine negotiations with Brussels and warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to "reverse Brexit".More news: Buy Amazon Echo Look without an invite
Rebels had been pushing for an amendment that would have given Parliament unprecedented powers over the final stages of Brexit talks. "The end of March 2019, we leave the E.U. Full stop".