Five Labour MPs quit in blow to Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit vote

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On the second day of debate on changes to May's EU withdrawal bill, lawmakers will vote on amendments handed down from the upper house of parliament over Britain's relationship to the bloc's customs union and single market.

(EurActiv) - Theresa May avoided a humiliating parliamentary defeat to her government's European Union withdrawal bill, but only after appearing to promise rebel MPs an effective block on a "no deal" Brexit.

Under a suggested compromise offered by former Tory cabinet minister Dominic Grieve, who has warned a no-deal scenario could lead to a "national crisis", ministers would have seven days to set out a fresh approach if Parliament rejected a deal.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: "We will wait and see the details of this concession and will hold ministers to account to ensure it lives up to the promises they have made to Parliament".

The Prime Minister is now expected to get through the latest round of crunch Brexit votes unscathed, with a potentially explosive clash over the customs union already defused by a compromise amendment.

"I understand the difficulties MPs representing constituencies which voted strongly for Leave or Remain have on the EEA amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill". As ever, Delano will keep you posted.

Lee resigns despite a last-minute plea by May to her party for unity on the issue. Theresa May has said no British government would ever agree to a hard border there.

Britain's future relationship with the European Union, which will define its trade for decades, has become the lightning rod for the divisions that have plagued May's Conservative Party over Brexit. Although, as things stand, they will not be able to send the government back into negotiations if they reject an agreement with the EU.

Leave backer walks out on MPs and admits ‘misleading’ voters
Mr Banks agreed to give evidence to the committee after previously pulling out as he accused MPs of conducting a "witch hunt". He said: "I like to think I'm an evil genius with a white cap who controls all of democracy, but clearly that's not true".

A dispute quickly arose about the third clause of Grieve's amendment, with Brexiters, including some ministers, quickly saying all that had been agreed was talks - and no government could agree to be "directed" by MPs.

Adding pressure on Theresa May's government, her junior Minister of Justice, Philip Lee, submitted his resignation, making clear that he was prepared to abstain rather than support his government's position against the amendment.

"This is the moment when we have to tell each other the truth", said Hilary Benn, a Labour lawmaker who voted for the EEA motion.

They were also told the first two parts of Grieve's amendment - including that MPs will have a veto on what do to if an agreement can't be reached by 30 November - would be considered with a view to being tabled to the Lords.

He claimed the PM had delayed the transition from December 2020 until December 2021, something Mrs May dismissed as "quite wrong" as she said the backstop arrangement would come into force if it is not possible to put future customs arrangement in place by January 1 2021.

Ukip leader Gerard Batten said: "The only "meaningful vote" was the verdict of the people in referendum of June 23 2016". But for now, the government seems to have prevented an embarrassing defeat, and the Tory rebels have avoided the unpleasantness of colluding in the defeat of their Prime Minister.

Umunna, MP for Streatham, said: "Curbing Commonwealth immigration then and ending European Union free movement now did and is not going to solve these problems and we know it".

Below is a summary of what has happened so far and what it means for Brexit.

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