On the morning of the vote on 12 June 2018, the government rejected Grieve`s alternative amendment. This paved the way for differences of opinion in the debate in the House of Commons on whether Parliament should have a say if the UK left the EU without a deal.   In the morning, Phillip Lee`s surprise resignation as a young Conservative minister said: « If I have to look my children in the eye and honestly say that I did my best for them, I cannot, in good conscience, support the way our country will withdraw from the EU. »  In the face of this assertion and the risks that such comments will continue to fuel public anger against our democratic institutions, it seems important to think carefully about the Members who are the first to be responsible for the failure to agree on a Plan for Brexit. Many former Conservative MPs who lost the whip to rebel against the government in a previous vote also disappeared. MPs are now voting on the request for a programme that sets the timetable for parliament`s submission of the legislation by 31 January. On September 3, Oliver Letwin filed an emergency request for debate on this bill, pursuant to Permanent Order 24. This proposal, to allow the debate for the next day, was adopted at 328 against 301.   21 Conservative MPs voted in favour of the motion, then were removed from the Conservative whip and rejected for future elections, as Johnson had threatened him in advance. The 21 MPs were Guto Bebb, Richard Benyon, Steve Brine, Alastair Burt, Greg Clark, Ken Clarke, David Gauke, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Sam Gyimah, Phillip Hammond, Stephen Hammond, Richard Harrington, Margot James, Letwin, Anne Milton, Caroline Nokes, Antoinette Sandbach, Nicholas Sosame, Rory Stewart and Ed Vaizey.
With Phillip Lee`s departure to the Liberal Democrats the day before, this gave the opposition a 43-seat majority over the government. The other 34 inveterate « unseeveres » – who believe Mrs May`s deal too closely links Britain to the EU – were largely made up of other ERG figures, including Bernard Jenkin, Owen Paterson, Steve Baker and Theresa Villiers. Jenkin said he would rather insist on a long extension than support the Prime Minister`s agreement, which gave the EU « draconian » control of Britain. Baker said the deal was finally « concluded, » and he concluded, « We have to keep going. » Mrs May`s hopes of securing the support of Labour MPs in constituencies, with incentives such as additional financial resources and changes in labour law, have also been dashed: only five voted in favour of the deal. At the end of November 2018, May presented to the House of Commons a draft agreement on future relations with Europe after concluding 17 months of negotiations with the EU.  As a result, the first use of the judicious vote was scheduled for December 11, 2018.  Please select your username to view all your comments. You can only set your username once. MPs voted at second reading on the government`s withdrawal agreement. With Boris Johnson`s 80-person majority, the bill was passed with a comfortable lead, with 358 votes and 234 against. « request to withdraw from the European Union, » a request made on behalf of a Minister of the Crown pursuant to Section 13, paragraph 1, paragraph b), of the European Union Withdrawal Act (Withdrawal Act 2018); and « assigned day, » a day when the first government activity is the request to withdraw from the European Union.