Brexit – as it happened: Corbyn faces Labour rebellions as MPs vote on EU withdrawal bill


Plenty of fallout from last night’s dramatic climbdown from the prime minister over the so-called “meaningful vote” amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

Pro-EU rebels are taking Theresa May at her word and believe they won a major concession. However David Davis is reportedly deeply unhappy with events and his department issued a sternly worded statement last night, saying it would not allow the government’s hands to be tied by parliament.

Solicitor general Robert Buckland told the BBC: “I have a problem, both constitutionally and politically, with the concept of a direction being given by Parliament.

“That’s very much the end part of Dominic Grieve’s… proposed amendment. I don’t think that’s the right way for Parliament to conduct itself.

“It’s certainly not the right way for the British government to be conducting itself in negotiations.

“Looking at it from the point of view of the Europeans, I think it’s very important to remember that we mustn’t tie the hands of the Government in these all-important negotiations.”

Mr Buckland added: “What we will be doing now is working hard to come up with some ideas.

“It’s important, I think, to reiterate the point that was made by David Davis, and others, yesterday, that the concept of directing the Government to do something if there was no deal, I think is not something that is acceptable.

“I think that far too much echoes what the Lords suggested in their amendment.

“It would tie the hands of the Government in a way that I think could make no deal more likely. So, let’s not go down that road.”

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