Brexit: House of Lords EU Withdrawal Bill amendment voted down by MPs

GETTYTheresa May with Donald Tusk at this weekend's G7 summit

GETTYTheresa May with Donald Tusk at this weekend's G7 summit

Ukip leader Gerard Batten said: "The only "meaningful vote" was the verdict of the people in referendum of 23rd June 2016".

"The Brexit secretary has set out three tests that any new amendment has to meet - not undermining the negotiations, not changing the constitutional role of parliament and government in negotiating worldwide treaties, and respecting the referendum result".

Who is the minister who has resigned?

Conservative lawmaker Phillip Lee, who voted to remain in the European Union in Britain's 2016 referendum, resigned as a justice minister so he could vote against the government on a key measure.

The key vote which has taken place is whether MPs will have a "meaningful vote" - amendment 19 proposed by the Lords - on the final Brexit agreement.

The amendment in question hinges on whether lawmakers will get a "meaningful" vote on Britain's membership of the European Union.

Her fellow Conservative backbencher Stephen Hammond said: "Parliament must be able to have its say in a "no deal" situation".

The news they all voted against is no surprise, as the party supports not leaving the European Union altogether.

What does his resignation mean for the government?

Lee's departure increases the likelihood of an embarrassing defeat for Theresa May's government. A paper laying out the U.K. government position, due to be published this month, has been delayed because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

If May is defeated by a wide margin her position as Prime Minister could be threatened.

Dr. Sarah Wollaston, chair of the heath select committee, switched to back the Government after saying she was "minded" to rebel over voting against the Lord's amendment.

'But the message we send to the country through our votes this week is important.

What do the newspapers say about the votes?

"But if we face the prospect of a "meaningless process" rather than a "meaningful vote", Parliament will be enraged".

Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, was refusing to accept the government at its word Tuesday.

If the government avoids defeat, is Brexit a done deal?

The land border, which separates European Union member state Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom, now has no checks on people or goods crossing from side to side.

It concludes that the UK Government's backstop would not serve its central goal of avoiding a hard border.

The EU published an explainer of its own backstop proposal in a bid to convince the United Kingdom government of its merits, but Theresa May has said it is not acceptable because it creates a regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the UK.

It is a politically explosive issue with no obvious solution.

Theresa May saw off a revolt from the pro-European wing of her fractured party, averting what could have been a major political crisis.

The shock move came as the Prime Minister warned senior ministers in her Cabinet that defeat on a series of Lords amendments over the next two days would undermine the Government and make negotiations with Brussels harder. But a government official said they had just agreed to open talks on the basis of the rebel amendment.

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