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The government has avoided defeat but its Brexit fragility has been laid bare

Its concession to Conservative rebels shows it doesn’t have the numbers and it knows it

By Peter Kellner  

Dominic Grieve has been the chief Conservative troublemaker over recent days. Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire/PA Images

The government muffled its surrender, but could not conceal it. For the past week, ministers have insisted that parliament must not have the power to tell the government what to do if the Brexit talks broke down. The device ministers proposed—going back on a deal that Dominic Grieve thought he had—was a motion written in such a way that it could not be amended. If talks broke down, the government would tell MPs…

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