Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Lee resigns United Kingdom justice ministry role in Brexit protest


Bill returns to the Commons on Tuesday with ministers seeking to overturn amendments by the House of Lords meant to keep Britain close to the European Union after Brexit.

In his speech, Lee slammed the government for fighting a crucial amendment, which will be voted Tuesday afternoon, created to give MPs the power to send the government back to Brussels to renegotiate the terms of Britain's departure should the House of Commons reject the final Brexit deal.

The bill underpins the government's Brexit strategy.

One of the key points of difference between the Prime Minister and the rebels is a Lords amendment which states the Government must seek to negotiate a customs union with the EU.

The government says that would undermine its negotiating position in talks to leave the bloc and Brexit minister David Davis warned lawmakers the government would never allow them to reverse Brexit.

"We are asking members of parliament to abide by the referendum result, our manifesto commitment and to back our country", Andrew Bridgen, Conservative lawmaker and Brexit campaigner, told Reuters.

There are two amendments that could prove particularly tough for the government to overturn.


It is believed the change of language would carry the support of Remain and Brexit backing MPs.

Mr Buckland, who was a Remain supporter, was standing alongside junior Brexit minister and Leaver Steve Baker when he made the comments.

Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford, a former MEP who has frequently spoken out against Brexit, joined in the call for unity as she left the meeting.

MPs will spend a total of 12 hours debating and voting on 14 Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill - six hours on Tuesday and six hours on Wednesday.

Conservative Remainer MP Sarah Wollaston told BBC Radio 4's Today program that she was "minded" to defy the government on the first of these amendments, which calls for parliament to get a "meaningful vote" on any final deal agreed between the United Kingdom and EU.

Yet, the Labour camp is split on the Brexit issue between pro-Leave MPs ready to vote with the government, and rebels who've come out against their own party's amendment to support the country's membership in the European Economic Area.

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