Britain's Theresa May wins key vote, but loses a junior minister

A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers a Korean War soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu North Korea

A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers a Korean War soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu North Korea

A Tory Remain rebel has warned Theresa May that "if she f**ks us, she's f**ked, ' after Conservative MPs were given assurances by the prime minister that a compromise Brexit amendment to the 'meaningful vote" will be upheld.

They reassured anti-Brexit MPs that the government would accept some of their core demands to give parliament a meaningful say on the terms of Britain's European Union divorce, including - potentially - a new deadline for a deal to be agreed with Brussels that could make it hard for the government.

Theresa May is facing one of the biggest tests of her leadership, with Tory rebels threatening to vote against their own party to force through amendments to the bill. That has potentially seismic consequences for the protracted and increasingly messy split from Brussels.

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Conservative lawmaker Phillip Lee, who voted to remain in the European Union in Britain's 2016 referendum, resigned as a justice minister so he could vote against the government on a key measure.

Grieve's proposal also suggested if no deal was reached by February 15, the government would be required to allow the House of Commons to set the terms of the deal. "And I can not bring myself to vote for it in the bastion of liberty, freedom and human rights that is our Parliament". Philip Lee said a choice between "bad and worse" options was not giving MPs a meaningful vote. David Davis, the Brexit secretary, was reportedly close to resigning over the issue last weekend. "It enables parliament to dictate to the government their course of action in global negotiations".

The government won the vote after last-minute horse-trading, some of it in the open on the floor of the House of Commons - some behind closed doors.

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"The question of what form parliamentary approval of the withdrawal bill takes is one of the most significant decisions this house will have to take", he said. That supposedly, according to BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, drew a colorful response from a pro-EU Tory rebel: "If she f**ks us, she's f**ked". "We will now work with the government to get acceptable amendments tabled in the Lords to address this".

After winning Tuesday's ballot over changes to a future "meaningful vote" on a final agreement with Brussels in her European Union withdrawal bill, May's plans to end more than 40 years of membership in the bloc were still on track.

"We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the government's hands in the negotiations".

But government officials admitted that the concession does constrain their freedom in the Brexit talks. How Brexiteers react to that prospect could determine how long this Government survives. Now the focus shifts to the price of the rebels' compliance, and it could be a high one for the beleaguered prime minister. Yes, it's a significant compromise but we live to fight another day.

If May is defeated by a wide margin her position as Prime Minister could be threatened.

Also on Tuesday, the government successfully overturned an attempt to remove the date of Brexit from the face of the bill.

Labour said May had been forced to avoid a "humiliating defeat" and "to enter negotiations with her backbenchers".

At this stage it looks like it will be very tight - but the government might just make it over the line.