The explosive EU Withdrawal Bill debate will return to the House of Commons today, just hours after Theresa May crushed the first round of amendments made in the House of Lords.
After the second house imposed 15 changes on the legislation, known as the Brexit Bill, Mrs May’s cabinet faced a fight to see them overturned. The prime minister was being held to ransom by rebels who threatened to cross the party line and defy direct orders from Downing Street to back the amendments.
Just seven MPs could have seen Mrs May lose a series of votes which could have completely derailed Brexit.
However, former attorney general Dominic Grieve secured 11th hour assurances the cabinet will re-visit the meaningful vote issue – the extent to which the Commons decided on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels – and rebels fell back into line.
Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell resigned and five Labour rebels sided with the Government, Brexit Bill debate day two has arrived.
Can Theresa May cling on to her win?
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