One of the ministers of Theresa May has suggested that the British Prime Minister could be set for a climbdown regarding the inclusion of a controversial amendment to the European Union Withdrawal Bill in an attempt to avert rebellion.
This afternoon, David Lidington, the justice secretary, informed journalists that the government was “listening to ideas coming from colleagues across the house.”
The backbenchers of Tory have been vocal about their rejection of this last-minute amendment, which will have the exact time and date of Brexit included into law.
Dominic Grieve, the Former attorney general, informed reported that it was “mistaken, foolish and counterproductive,” saying that he would categorically vote against it.
One MP said that there was “widespread disquiet” among MPs of the Conservative party regarding the said amendment. It is believed that at least twenty MPs are prepared to block the amendment, thus, embarrassing the already vulnerable government.
When asked if the government was minded to back down in the face of such opposition, Lidington stated that the government had been listening to the “constructive” suggestions that were being made “about how the bill could be improved.”
Lidington continued: “All that clause was designed to do was clarify, put beyond doubt, what is already inherent in the wording of Article 50.
“Article 50 says that after two years from the date of notification, unless there is a withdrawal agreement that comes into effect earlier, at the two year point the treaties cease to apply to the country that is leaving, so that is written into European law.”
Separately, a third backbencher of the Tory informed reporters that ministers had indicated that a climbdown was possible.
“My understanding is that it will not be put to a vote, so the government doesn’t lose face,” said the MP.
A spokesperson for May said that the Prime Minister had always been committed to listening to the views of the house.