The lesson of today's government climbdown: we're likely heading for soft Brexit

GETTYSmith said Britain could easily crush the European Union into submission if they needed

As Tory rebels threatened to defy the whip and back the Lords' amendment, .

The UK's so-called "temporary customs partnership" would involve a "piecemeal application" of European Union rules, and poses "serious risks of fraud", they say. That has potentially seismic consequences for the protracted and increasingly messy split from Brussels.

The major last-minute concession by ministers means the government avoids defeat by 324 to 298.

"It was so positive it enabled quite a large number of my colleagues to vote to remove the Lords' amendments and substitute the Government's amendments". It also increases the prospect of MPs forcing a referendum on the terms of the eventual deal or even of a snap election before the end of the year.

In his resignation letter, he said he wouldn't be able to "look my children in the eye" if he supported Brexit in its "irresponsible" current form.

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Government sources confirmed ministers will now discuss the possible incorporation of these elements of Mr Grieve's proposals into the legislation.

Sarah Wollaston, a prominent Tory Remain rebel, has indicated that she will accept this pledge from the Government, and will therefore not be voting against her party.

But Robert Buckland, the solicitor general who first mentioned a concession during the debate yesterday, told the Today programme that the government would not let parliament tell the government how to conduct the Brexit negotiations - despite this being one of the elements in what the rebels were demanding. Although, as things stand, they will not be able to send the government back into negotiations if they reject an agreement with the EU.

The upshot of the shift may well be as dramatic as the parliamentary procedure is incomprehensible.

Shortly before 1.30pm on Tuesday, David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, opposed a House of Lords amendment in no uncertain terms. The bill then returns to the House of Commons again later next week.

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- After a rollercoaster week of Brexit rows within her government and with Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday seek to avoid another setback in a long-awaited showdown with parliament. "It seems to wreck their plans".

Another flashpoint could come when lawmakers vote Wednesday on an amendment seeking to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

"The onus is now on the Government and we will approach that in a very constructive spirit because we would much rather reach agreements on this but we have to be absolutely clear that this process isn't finished yet and there is an opportunity in the Lords for the amendment to be back on the table that Dominic didn't press to a vote yesterday".

"We will be talking to the government immediately after this in order to find a common way forward". 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.

"The ERG are supporting the government", the MP said. He said: "Facing the prospect of a humiliating defeat, Theresa May has been forced to enter negotiations with her backbenchers and offer a so-called concession".

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