TORY REBEL Dominic Grieve last night scored a first victory in his bid to stop the Government forcing through a No Deal – by ONE vote.
MPs backed a plan by the former Attorney General to make it harder for a future PM to suspend Parliament by 294 votes to 293.
Conservative MP Dominic Grieve delivers a pro-EU speech on a second EU referendum[/caption]
Sources claimed the victory only came about because a Tory whip was caught short – and was too late to cast their vote after going to the toilet.
Labour’s Ben Bradshaw said: “One of the Tory MPs tried to sneak through the exit door because she missed the vote and the entry doors had been locked.”
Under Mr Grieve’s amendment – to Northern Ireland legislation – a future PM will have to provide a fortnightly update from October 3 on attempts to reconvene the Stormont Assembly in the province.
Theresa May was among 281 Tories who opposed the plan.
Mr Grieve lost two other votes which would have made it far harder to suspend the Commons.
And a ‘nuclear’ amendment which would have made it impossible to do so wasn’t selected by the Speaker.
But allies last night pledged MPs would continue to mount fresh challenges to block a cliff-edge exit over the coming weeks.
Northern Ireland Minister John Penrose had earlier urged MPs to vote down the proposal – saying it would cause an “excessive and unnecessary level of procedure”.
Anti-Brexit Change UK MP Chris Leslie said Mr Grieve’s success gave MPs a “crucial foot in the Parliamentary door”.
He said: “It’s all-important in preventing a new PM set on a No Deal Brexit from shutting down the Commons improperly.”
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John Penrose urged MPs to vote down the proposal[/caption]
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