Five Labour frontbenchers quit over Brexit vote

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Wow. Super Tuesday just turned into messy Tuesday.

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.

Theresa May has suffered a ministerial resignation ahead of crunch Commons votes on Brexit, with Phillip Lee hitting out at the Government's "irresponsible" approach.

May's fragile government will be trying to defeat a rebellion by pro-EU lawmakers and reverse changes to its key piece of Brexit legislation as the matter comes before the House of Commons for two days of debate.

Prior to the vote, Labour's staunch pro-EU MPs - such as Chuka Umunna and Owen Smith - pleaded with the leadership to embrace the Norway option, as they believe it's the best chance retain full access to the single market. That has potentially seismic consequences for the protracted and increasingly messy split from Brussels.

Prime Minister Theresa May isn't the only United Kingdom political leader with a party that's divided and increasingly belligerent over Europe.

He also called for the Government's final proposals to be put to the public in a second referendum. It also seeks to hand the negotiations over to parliament after February 15 2019 if a deal has not been agreed by that time.

Some lawmakers say this is what they were promised; the government is less clear and has made statements apparently to the contrary.

Six Labour MPs have resigned from their roles in or supporting Jeremy Corbyn's top team over a vote on House of Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

She had already agreed to give MPs a vote on the final Brexit deal, but rejecting it could see Britain crash out of the European Union with no agreement.

Dr Lee's shock departure came as Brexit Secretary David Davis warned potential Tory rebels that they can not undo the European Union referendum, ahead of a tricky 48 hours in which the Government will try to get its Brexit programme back on track.

But if the amendments being debated in Parliament this week force a change to the government's negotiating strategy, the wound could yet reopen. The bill then returns to the House of Commons again later next week.

Rebel leader Dominic Grieve tabled a last-minute compromise amendment last night, which scaled back the demands of the House of Lords position but which would give MPs the power to block a no-deal Brexit.

MPs, ministers and officials all agreed Tuesday that a soft Brexit or even the prospect of no Brexit is greatly increased - so too the prospect of a snap early election before the end of the year. "It seems to wreck their plans".

In a vote on a Lords amendment that would effectively mean staying in the European Economic Area, 75 backbenchers defied party instructions to abstain and voted for the EEA. "Parliamentary pressure will remain in place to soften the Brexit outcome", says Lee Hardman, a currency analyst at MUFG.

The government was putting a combative spin on the concessions Tuesday evening: "The Brexit Secretary has set out three tests that any new amendment has to meet - not undermining the negotiations, not changing the constitutional role of Parliament and Government in negotiating global treaties, and respecting the referendum result", a spokesperson for the Brexit department said in a statement.

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