All the proposed amendments to the amendment were rejected. The proposal itself was then rejected with a 303-259 lead, in part because of the abstentions of the Conservative research group, which objected to the demand appearing to exclude an EU exit without a withdrawal agreement. [88] Kemi Badenoch (Conservative – Safran Walden) (proxy voice of Leo Abererty) Labour MP Keir Starmer called on Conservative MPs to: who want Britain to stay in the EU, to vote with Labour on the Lords amendment when the bill returned to the House of Commons[36] [37] and former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed replacing May with a new Conservative Prime Minister if she lost the vote. [38] Prominent Tory-Restin amber Rudd urged her party`s MPs to support the government in the vote. [36] The text of the clause [Note 1] was hotly contested by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, with the Lords proposing an amendment to the law conferring additional powers on Parliament. When the bill came back to the House of Commons, the Conservative government offered concessions and the Lords Amendment was rejected. The law was then passed on June 26, 2018. [3] Following the success of Letwin`s first amendment, indicative votes were held on 27 March on the Brexit options favoured by Parliament. Eight proposals were voted on, eight of which failed.

It was the first time MPs had voted for one of the Brexit laws in the House of Commons. Members as ”non-voters” may not have done so for a number of reasons. They may have wanted to abstain or have constituency or departmental matters. The spokesman and his deputies cannot vote, and Sinn Fein members do not traditionally vote. The day after the vote, May told the Prime Minister`s questions in the House of Commons: ”We have seen concerns about Parliament`s role in the Brexit process. What I agreed yesterday is that, since the bill is up to the Lords, we would continue to discuss these concerns with our colleagues. This morning, I agreed with the Brexit minister that we would table an amendment to the Lords, and there are a number of things that will guide our approach… As my right-wing friend, the Brexit minister, made it clear in Parliament yesterday that the government`s hand in the negotiations cannot be bound by Parliament, but the government must be accountable to Parliament. It is the government that decides the policy, and we need parliamentary support to implement that policy. [52] Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC commented: ”The risk is that it is a double trade. [53] On 18 June, Lord Hailsham`s amendment was accepted by the Lords, a defeat for the government by 354 votes to 235: a majority of 119. [59] [60] By the end of March 2019, the government had not won any of the major votes.