May Suffers Huge Brexit Defeat As Lords Backs ‘Meaningful Vote’ On EU Deal

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Theresa May has suffered her most damaging Brexit defeat so far after the House of Lords voted to give Parliament a say over the terms of any future EU deal.

Peers voted by 335 to 244 for a cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to ensure MPs get a ‘meaningful vote’ on the outcome of the Prime Minister’s talks with Brussels.

The hefty majority of 91 was powered by 19 Tory rebels – including Michael Heseltine, David Willetts and former Chief Whip James Arbuthnot – and 68 independent crossbenchers.

The amendment, tabled by former Tory Cabinet minister Lord Hailsham, allows Parliament to decided what course of action the Government should take in the event of a rejection of a draft withdrawal agreement or if no deal was agreed.

Backed by former diplomat Lord Hannay and Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the move is aimed at preventing May from presenting MPs with a ‘take it or leave it’ Brexit deal.

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