PM Theresa May faces a showdown with rebels in her Conservative party after refusing to accept demands for parliament to have a “meaningful vote” on Brexit.
She will ask the lower House of Commons to pass her EU withdrawal bill, which will prepare Britain for a divorce next March. May, however, risks defeat if just a handful of Conservatives vote against her proposal.
May, who leads a minority government, won a similar vote last week in the lower house but only after offering to reach a compromise with the rebels which subsequently fell through. The upper chamber, the House of Lords, then backed an amendment to the law on Monday that would give parliament a bigger say.
May’s spokesman has told media that she would not back down, and that the prime minister hoped lawmakers would support her proposal.