May offers pro-EU rebels Brexit compromise – source

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed a compromise with pro-EU MPs in her Conservative Party that offer parliament a vote on future steps in Brexit talks if Britain fails to agree a deal by mid-February, a source said on Thursday.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

May was forced to quell a rebellion on Tuesday after she faced defeat on a vote in parliament over her Brexit blueprint, or EU withdrawal bill, which will sever ties with the European Union.

Several pro-EU MPs threatened to rebel over whether parliament should have more control over any final deal agreed with the EU in Brussels. They planned to vote against a government proposal, which they said did not offer them a “meaningful vote”.

At almost the final moment on Tuesday, the two sides agreed to find a compromise and have until 1600 GMT to present it.

A source said a deal had been reached, and that the government would give parliament a vote over its future action if ministers fail to agree a deal by mid-February.

Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry tweeted: “Deal or no deal, parliament will have a meaningful vote and to be clear there will be no hard #Brexit when the EUWithdrawal Bill is passed.”

Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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