After compromise, Britain's May set to avoid defeat in parliament on customs

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the final news conference of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada on June 9.

Theresa May's landmark Brexit legislation returns to the House of Commons on Tuesday, with the 15 amendments added to it by the upper House of Lords mostly created to keep closer ties to the European Union and give Parliament more power over the divorce process.

Mrs May looked as if she could have been defeated by a key amendment in the European Union withdrawal bill- known as the meaningful vote- introduced by the House of Lords, which would have given parliament powers to direct the Brexit negotiations.

On Tuesday, parliament will debate a demand for a "meaningful vote" on any agreement May negotiates with Brussels before leaving the bloc next March.

Mrs May faced a marathon 12 Commons votes over her Brexit plans yesterday, with the Government comfortably avoiding defeat in all of them.

"The prime minister conceded she understood points A and B of the Dominic Grieve amendment and there will be further discussions on C, with a view on bringing the amendment in the House of Lords, so that will be discussed further", she said.

"The prime minister said that the votes were important in terms of the message they send to Brussels", May's spokesman said she told her cabinet team of ministers.

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The Lords amendment said that the Commons should get a vote on the proposed Brexit deal.

'The government's amendment today provides for a meaningful vote'.

In the final one, MPs voted by 321 to 40 to reject a string of Lords amendments over the post-Brexit transfer of former European Union powers to the Scottish Government and other devolved assemblies.

MPs are set to stage an audacious power grab on Tuesday which could completely change the Government's Brexit strategy.

Tory backbencher Simon Clarke told MailOnline: 'MPs gave the British people the right to make this decision and they voted to leave the European Union - including Philip Lee's own constituents in Bracknell by some 53 per cent.

In a statement, Corbyn defended his decision to oppose the EEA vote, despite telling his MPs to abstain in parliament.

The government was forced to give ground to pro-EU lawmakers in one key area, promising that Parliament would get more say over the U.K. -EU divorce deal.

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The UK justice minister Philip Lee has resigned from the government to speak out against the government's policy on Brexit.

The government averted a rebellion on Tuesday over whether Parliament should have a decisive say in such a scenario.

But the resignation by Phillip Lee underlined the deep rifts in the party over Brexit that makes such votes anything but easy. The government wants the Commons to reject 14 out of 15 amendments introduced by the Lords which are meant to keep Britain close to the European Union after Brexit.

The concession on a meaningful vote came after intensive horse-trading on the floor of the House of Commons, with chief whip Julian Smith shuttling between Tory backbenchers during debate on Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Could she already be paving the way to renege?

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan, a leading Remainer, indicated she would support Mrs May in tomorrow's vote on an amendment created to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

He said Mrs May promised to table amendments in the House of Lords based on his own proposal for Parliament to be consulted on the way forward if no deal is agreed by the end of November.

"We are walking on a tightrope at the moment, we campaigned for remain but many of our MPs, including myself, now represent seats which voted heavily leave", John McDonnell, the party's economy spokesman and Corbyn's right-hand man said at an event in London on Wednesday.

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