British Prime Minister Theresa May survived another key Brexit vote on Wednesday (Jun 14) but her pro-European MPs warned they could yet rebel if she backtracks on promises to give parliament a greater say in the final withdrawal deal.
"When the Government is able to set out an achievable, clearly defined path, one that has been properly considered, whose implications have been foreseen, and that is rooted in reality and evidence, not dreams and dogma, it should go to the people, once again, to seek their confirmation", he wrote.
Parliament voted 325 to 298 in favour of rejecting a House of Lords amendment to require ministers to report on their efforts in negotiations to secure a customs union.
Former Attorney-general Dominic Grieve, a leading pro-E.U. rebel, has put down a compromise amendment on the meaningful vote, calling for a binding motion to be passed by the Commons setting out how to proceed in the event of a "no deal" Brexit.
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She added: "I can not countenance parliament being able to overturn the will of the British people".More news: Migration dispute escalates between France and Italy
Dr Lee added: "If Brexit is worth doing, then it is certainly worth doing well; regardless of how long that takes".
She told LBC that she doesn't want to stop Brexit, but is determined to ensure she can get the best deal for her constituents.
Labour split three ways as the Commons debated a Lords amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill calling for EEA membership to remain on the negotiating table.
But, the pro-EU MPs' version of what they were promised appears to differ from what they government says it offered, threatening to reignite the dispute and reviving the possibility of a revolt that would badly damage May's authority.
Asked if the prime minister's words ruled out a discussion on the contentious rebel clause, her spokesman said: "I think that is a fair assessment".
Dr Lee's shock departure came as Brexit Secretary David Davis warned potential Tory rebels that they can not undo the European Union referendum, ahead of a tricky 48 hours in which the Government will try to get its Brexit programme back on track.More news: New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency
He confirmed that ministers will seek to overturn 14 amendments which he said would undermine the objective of the Bill and fail to respect the result of the 2016 referendum.
On the first day of votes that could further complicate her tortured negotiations to quit the European Union, parliament will debate a demand for a "meaningful vote" on any agreement May negotiates with Brussels before leaving the bloc next March.
May urged Conservative lawmakers to back the government and show "that we are united as a party in our determination to deliver on the decision made by the British people". I have always said as an MP I will put the interests of my constituents first and I believe that means voting to maintain the closest possible relationship with the European Union after Brexit.
But once Britain leaves the E.U.it must find a way to regulate or otherwise account for goods crossing its border into Northern Ireland while keeping it open. Junior Minister quit the government so he could back the veto proposal. Part C would give parliament the power to issue direct orders to the government if no deal was in place by 15 February 2019.
The government agreed a compromise with potential Tory rebels earlier this week to work towards a "customs arrangement" with the EU.More news: Brazil tennis great Maria Bueno buried