In the biggest test of her premiership since last years catastrophic election, May has seen off a potential Brexit rebellion in the House of Commons.
Pro-EU Tories planned to back an amendment saying MPs should be able to accept or reject Mrs May’s Brexit deal with a crunch Commons vote.
If the amendment had been successful, it would have seen Parliament take control of negotiations if a final Brexit deal was turned down.
Today and tomorrow, all MPs have the opportunity to pass the EU Withdrawal Bill, secure a smooth Brexit transition, and send the PM to Brussels in the best position to get the best trade deal for Britain and the EU. Time for a united front. pic.twitter.com/8ffFVsHgPE
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) 12 June 2018
But the proposal, put forward by ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve, was dramatically rejected by MPs by 324 votes to 298, a majority of 26.
Government whips won over potential Tory rebels at the last minute with assurances that ministers will make concessions in the House of Lords.
MPs have voted 324-298 against a Lords amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to include a meaningful vote in Parliament on the final Brexit deal
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) 12 June 2018
The Commons also voted, by a majority of 25, to reject a Lords amendment to remove the exit day of March 29, 2019 from the Brexit Bill.
Five Labour rebels voted with the Government to put the exit date of March 29 2019 back into the EU Withdrawal Bill. Ronnie Campbell, Frank Field, Kate Hoey, John Mann and Graham Stringer #BrexitBill
— Jonathan Walker (@jonwalker121) 12 June 2018
This means the fixed exit day will remain in the landmark document, which enshrines the UK’s departure from the EU into law.