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Its Lords were instrumental in bringing about some of the amendments that have been sent back to the Commons.

Brexit minister David Davis told parliament if it rejected the government's compromise on the "meaningful vote" and backed the House of Lords amendment: "What it actually amounts to is an unconstitutional shift which risks undermining our negotiation with the European Union".

What was the government's response?

The government was putting a combative spin on the concessions Tuesday evening: "The Brexit Secretary has set out three tests that any new amendment has to meet - not undermining the negotiations, not changing the constitutional role of Parliament and Government in negotiating worldwide treaties, and respecting the referendum result", a spokesperson for the Brexit department said in a statement.

However, despite backing down, pro-Remain Tories signalled they would not be easily consoled by a compromise offered by ministers.

The main point of contention between those who want to keep the closest possible ties with the European Union and those who aim for a clean break is a demand to give parliament a "meaningful vote" on any agreement May negotiates with Brussels.

On the other side, a handful of Labour Leavers are likely to back the government in breach of their own party whip, making it hard to predict outcomes.

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What is the "meaningful vote" about?

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman had earlier indicated he was not sure how he would vote on the question of whether parliament should get a final say on the Brexit deal.

Earlier in the day during the debate on the "meaningful vote" clause of the EU Withdrawal Bill, Tory rebels were threatening to impose a government defeat until May's intervention.

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. But there is going to be no binary choice of the deal on the table or no deal, with Parliament bypassed. If there is still no deal by February, MPs would decide what happens next.

How about the customs union?

Commenting after Tuesday's votes, Dr Lee said: "Delighted that the government has agreed to introduce an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which will give Parliament the voice I always wanted it to have in the Brexit process".

MPs are to debate her government's plans for future customs relations with the European Union.

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But it seems a threatened rebellion may have been seen off by a last-minute compromise amendment reached between Remain and Leave supporting MPs calling for "a customs arrangement".

The Lords amendment would require ministers to prioritise Norway-style membership of the EEA, which would again breach Mrs May's red lines and be seen by Leave backers as "Brexit in name only".

Following its defeat, the government's own version of the amendment will now go forward.

But it has secured victory on all the other votes so far on Tuesday, including a challenge to the government's plan to put March 29, 2019, or "Brexit Day".

Is Theresa May's position in danger?

"Where some of its most senior people who hold the greatest offices of state, at every twist and turn, when our Prime Minister moves towards securing a Brexit that will serve everybody in our country, the softest, most sensible Brexit, both publicly and privately they undermine her and scupper her attempts".

And what if the Brexiters force May to renege on her putative pledge to the Remainer rebels?

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