Ministers win key Brexit bill vote after concession

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The government has avoided a major defeat on its Brexit bill by 324 votes to 298 after a late concession.

Ministers saw off a move to give MPs the decisive say on what happens over Brexit if they do not agree with the deal negotiated by the UK government.

The concession offered by ministers is believed to include offering a new Parliamentary motion if the Brexit deal is voted down by MPs and peers.

“The government has bent, not broken,” one potential rebel told the BBC.

Tuesday’s Commons debate marked the start of the government’s attempts to undo most of the changes to its EU Withdrawal Bill that were put forward by the House of Lords.

The most contentious was the bid to give Parliament the power to direct proceedings if the Brexit deal was voted down or no agreement was reached.

There were clashes over how much of a say Parliament should get as the UK leaves the EU, with MPs accusing each other of trying to “wreck” Brexit and, from the other side, being “zealots” who wanted to sideline Parliament.

Seeking to placate the rebels, government frontbenchers offered to meet them to discuss their concerns, and agreed to “engage positively” on a “compromise” put forward by one of them, former attorney general Dominic Grieve.

MPs would have the power to amend and vote on a Parliamentary motion. But the government is not believed to be willing to agree to Mr Grieve’s call for MPs to take control of negotiations in the last resort.

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