'MPs will be able to force Theresa May to accept a fresh referendum on Brexit in a showdown vote as early as the autumn, a minister has conceded.
In a surprise admission, Steve Baker said the crucial vote on the exit deal would not – as expected – be a “take-it-or-leave-it” choice, because “parliament can always seek to amend motions”.
The Brexit minister agreed a possible amendment would be for parliament to only approve the withdrawal agreement struck with the EU “subject to a second referendum”.
It means MPs will have the chance to send the controversy back to voters before parliament has given its initial support and - crucially - with plenty of time before Britain leaves the EU, in March next year.
The revelation delighted supporters of a further referendum, who launched a high-profile cross-party campaign for the vote only days ago.
“Theresa May has tried to pretend that any vote in parliament on a Brexit deal would be a take-it-or-leave it proposition,” said Stephen Doughty, a Labour MP and People’s Vote campaign supporter.
“Now her own ministers have admitted that’s not true. Parliament can, if it chooses, let the people have their say on the deal, and with public support for a People’s Vote growing by the day, that’s exactly what parliament should do.”
Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the Green Party and a backer of the anti-Brexit Best for Britain campaign, said that “many MPs from across the political divide” would wish to amend the motion.'
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