Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Pro-EU lawmaker in Britain's Conservative party: 'We could collapse government'

Pro-EU lawmaker in Britain's Conservative party: 'We could collapse government'

There are a portion of pro-EU MPs in the Conservative Party who are against their proposed legislation and recent attempts at compromising with them have collapsed according to reports.

Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general who is leading the group of Remain-supporting Tory MPs, said today they were not trying to stop Brexit from happening - but added they could topple the Government by voting against the bill, to prevent the risk of Britain sliding into "chaos" by leaving the European Union with no deal in place.

A United Kingdom government's compromise to avoid a Commons defeat on Brexit has been rejected as "unacceptable" by leading rebel Dominic Grieve. "It's up to them to make their own judgments about when it is right for them, and how to express those views - it's not up to me". It will then come back to the Commons once more, when MPs likewise can reject or vote through amendments to the legislation.

Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve told the BBC on Friday that the wording had been changed at the last minute after days of talks between himself and ministers and he could not understand why.

Asked what he would do next, on BBC One's Question Time, he said: "I think a group of us will talk further to the government and try to resolve it". The government is divided over the nature of future UK-EU ties.

The assurances resulted in putting down the potential rebellion, and saw May's Brexit amendments carry the day.

The Prime Minister faced a marathon 12 Commons votes over her Brexit plans on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Government comfortably avoiding defeat in all of them.

Now Conservative peer Viscount Hailsham has re-tabled Mr Grieve's amendment in the House of Lords, setting the scene for a fresh Government defeat when the Bill returns to the Second Chamber on Monday.

On Tuesday MPs in the Commons voted to reject the amendment to the bill, which would weaken the PM's hand at the negotiating table.

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Pro-EU Tories were quick to voice their anger.

Buckland indicated the government would look into the possibility of adopting Grieve's push for ministers to secure parliamentary approval for their Brexit plans if they fail to negotiate a deal with the EU.

"It all changed without Dominic Grieve or anyone else being consulted".

Backbench Tory MP Sarah Wollaston tweeted: "So just to be clear we are now going to have to amend the "unamendable" after the agreed amendable amendment acquired a sneaky sting in the tail". That is a very serious betrayal, I would suggest, of one of the most well-respected and senior politicians in parliament.

This gives the European Union very little incentive to negotiate constructively with Britain, knowing that it can stop Brexit by offering a bad deal, safe in the knowledge that MPs will not accept it or the alternative of a "No Deal" exit.

"The Government's amendment is simply not good enough", the Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said.

Theresa May is on the back foot again. "Parliament can not - and should not - accept it".

He added: "At some point there will be a reckoning: either with a cobbled-together Brexit deal or if the negotiations fail". Ministers are digging in and refusing to give ground for now.

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