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Pro-Europe MPs in uproar at Brexit amendment offer

AFP  |  London 

Pro-European lawmakers in Britain today branded as "unacceptable" a compromise amendment to Theresa May's flagship legislation, casting fresh doubt on her fraught EU exit strategy.

May avoided a major blow Tuesday after MPs rejected a plan that would have given parliament a veto on any deal with and removed her power to leave the bloc without an agreement.

She won over would-be rebels with a pledge that the government would address their concerns about having a "meaningful vote" in the event of a no-deal scenario.

But an amendment issued Thursday detailing what must happen if the withdrawal agreement or future relationship with the EU is deadlocked on January 21, 2019, failed to appease MPs.

It would give them a vote on only a "neutral" motion confirming that they have considered an unamendable statement by a on the issue.

The document drew instant rebuke from leading pro-Remain MPs from both May's ruling and opposition ranks.

"It is unacceptable in my view," leading pro-EU told

"It totally negates the point of the amendment, which was to give MPs a say." He added that the final text of the amendment, which had been tabled in the at the last possible moment, had been changed from wording which he believed had been earlier agreed.

Shadow secretary said the amendment was "not good enough".

"has gone back on her word and offered an amendment that takes the meaning out of the meaningful vote," he added.

"Parliament cannot -- and should not -- accept it." But a for Exiting the EU insisted it had "listened" to the rebels' concerns in the amendment and given MPs the chance to vote under several different scenarios.

"But this remains hypothetical and the Government is confident we will agree a good deal with the EU which Parliament will support," it added in a statement. The row heightens the chance of a stinging defeat for in the coming weeks ahead of a crunch summit of European leaders in on June 28.

The legislation would formally end Britain's membership of the bloc and transfer more than 40 years of European law on to the British statute books.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 01:05 IST