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The lesson of Tuesday’s government climbdown: we’re likely heading for soft Brexit

Concession on the Brexit “meaningful vote” has serious political implications

By Peter Kellner  

Brexit Secretary David Davis. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The government has surrendered; and the implications are immense.

Shortly before 1.30pm on Tuesday, David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, opposed a House of Lords amendment in no uncertain terms. Amendment 19 would enhance the powers of parliament in the Brexit process by making a Commons vote on the final withdrawal terms a “meaningful vote.”

Davis said this was a “no Brexit amendment” that amounted to “an unconstitutional shift that risks undermining our negotiations with the European Union. It enables parliament…

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