"That is why Labour governments have always addressed these problems by properly funding the NHS, by having a national minimum wage, investing in our schools and so on". People didn't vote to weaken their human rights, but today MPs at Westminster did.
As time ticks by, May can no longer kick decisions down the road, increasingly under pressure from European Union negotiators to come up with detailed positions not only on customs, but also on future trade relations and governance. Those votes also show that Parliament is aware of the government's weakness and wishes to take control of the negotiations with the European Union and possibly take a softer line on Brexit than the one May's government is now pursuing.
Prime Minister Theresa May will gather together squabbling British ministers at her country residence after this month's European Union summit to hammer out the final details of a much-anticipated Brexit policy paper, writes William James.
Regardless of what you call it, it's clear that the widely reported concession, promise, assurance or climb-down made by May on the issue of a "meaningful vote" isn't watertight.
This amendment had looked unsafe for the prime minister.
No government would survive if it tried to dispense with Parliament's input, he said.
Remain-supporting Conservative MPs had threatened to defeat the government on an amendment known as the "meaningful vote" amendment, which would have given Parliament a wide-ranging veto to May's Brexit deal, or even bring about another referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU.
Senior Remainer Dominic Grieve said Mrs May promised to table amendments in the House of Lords which will address their concerns. The prime minister still has time to come up with a form of words acceptable to both sides, but the expectations of the anti-Brexit rebels have been raised significantly. Jeremy Corbyn's opposition Labour is in a similar bind.
Labour shadow minister Laura Smith and four other opposition MPs have resigned from party roles, over a whip forbidding them from voting in favour of the Lords amendment to keep the United Kingdom in the European Economic Area (EEA). However, the party is divided on the issue, with a total of 89 Labour MPs choosing to defy Corbyn.
First, "MPs voted to reverse the Lords amendment removing the "exit day" from the bill by 326 votes to 301 - a majority of 25".
Six Labour MPs, Laura Smith, Ged Killen, Ellie Reeves, Tonia Antoniazzi, Rosie Duffield and Anna McMorrin, have stood down from Corbyn's frontbench to vote against the amendment in the House of Commons.
The party's leadership argues that the move would not respect the spirit of the Brexit referendum result and leave Britain with no say over the rules it would have to follow.
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