Lee resigns United Kingdom justice ministry role in Brexit protest

Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has issued a joint statement with Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith

The government climbdown, just hours after Downing Street said that it would not compromise further on the meaningful vote proposals, underlines the fragility of the prime minister's grip on her party and her lack of room for manoeuvre on Brexit.

Brexit Secretary David Davis and Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

Among the 14 amendments to the Bill - set to be voted on by MPs on Tuesday and Wednesday - are changes which would see the United Kingdom stay in the Single Market and would allow Parliament to dictate future negotiating terms.

"I am trying to negotiate the best deal for Britain", she said.

She told BBC Radio 4's World At One that "at least half a dozen" junior ministers had been "very uncomfortable for some time" at the Government's direction on Brexit.

Rebels had been pushing for an amendment that would have given Parliament unprecedented powers over the final stages of Brexit talks.

The pound traded higher against the euro and the dollar after the votes.

MPs have voted down the House of Lords amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which, if it had passed, would have given parliament the final say over Brexit negotiations.

The Government has won the first votes during today's Brexit showdown.

In the tense atmosphere where it was not clear which way the vote would go, the government secured its victory only after offering concessions to one of the leaders of a group of Conservative lawmakers who were threatening to vote against May. It was sealed at a private meeting between May and potential rebels.

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Tory rebels claimed that the government had agreed to specific proposals from leading backbench remainer Grieve to address concerns over what would happen if parliament rejected the final Brexit deal, or talks with the European Union were to break down.

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.

"This needs to be resolved", Andrew Bridgen, a pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker, told Reuters.

The change reduces the likelihood that Britain could leave the European Union without a deal if it does not like the divorce terms.

But her parliamentary problems will not stop there.

There is little May can do.

Often she simply puts off votes that could end in embarrassing defeats.

The EU is expecting her to have made progress by a summit in June and both sides want to reach a deal by October.

Pro-Remain Tories are pressing for the Prime Minister to give ground over her opposition to a post-Brexit customs union and for Parliament to take over negotiations if MPs reject Mrs May's Brexit deal.

Protesters outside the UK Parliament in central London.

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