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Warning of legal limbo for 3m EU citizens living in UK after Brexit

Free movement, housing and social security rights at risk, says parliamentary report

EU citizens living in the UK would be stripped of their freedom of movement, housing and social security rights by Home Office legislation introduced to regulate immigration following Brexit, a parliamentary report has warned.

Despite repeated government reassurances that their privileges will be protected, a study by the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) concludes that more than 3 million Europeans living in Britain would be left in legal “limbo”.

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Theresa May – and Britain – remain locked in Brexit purgatory | Rafael Behr

Yet another crunch vote. Yet another defeat for the PM. How long can this deadlock last?

There was a time when government defeats in parliament were unusual. It was in that same bygone era when prime ministers who couldn’t reliably command a majority in the House of Commons resigned. Also in those distant days of yore, former Labour and Tory cabinet ministers did not conspire from the backbenches to seize control of parliament’s agenda. Ministers did not quit to help them. It was another epoch, all of two years ago.

The rules are different nowadays. By a margin of 27, the Commons has endorsed a plan under which MPs will grab the parliamentary steering wheel from the government. Downing Street was opposed. Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, Richard Harrington, a junior in the business department, and Steve Brine, a health minister, resigned to side with the rebellion.

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Have MPs gained the upper hand in the Brexit battle?

MPs who voted for Sir Oliver Letwin’s amendment hope they can end deadlock

On the first day for what seems likely to be a crucial week in the Brexit process, MPs have voted on a series of amendments which will help shape the next steps.

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MPs seize control of Brexit process by backing indicative votes amendment

Amendment giving MPs a series of votes on alternatives to May’s Brexit deal passes 329 votes to 302

MPs have seized control of the parliamentary timetable for a series of “indicative votes” on the next steps for Brexit – but Theresa May declined to say whether she would abide by the outcome.

An amendment tabled by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin passed, by 329 votes to 302 on Monday night, defeating the government, as MPs expressed their exasperation at its failure to set out a fresh approach.

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The indicative vote options as MPs aim to break Brexit deadlock

May’s deal, no deal, Norway-plus and more: the choices that Commons could consider

With no Brexit parliamentary consensus in sight, the House Commons has passed an amendment from Sir Oliver Letwin that proposes that MPs vote on a series of options to establish what could command a majority in the house.

There is no agreed list of options, but one has been produced by the Commons select committee for exiting the EU to help clarify the debate. Here we outline the Brexit outcomes that MPs could vote on:

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House of Commons takes control of Brexit

LONDON — MPs in Westminster tonight voted to wrestle control of the parliamentary timetable from the government to debate a series of alternative Brexit plans.

The House of Commons voted by 329 votes to 302 (a majority of 27) in favour of an amendment tabled by the backbench Tory MP Oliver Letwin along with members of Labour, the Lib Dems, the Scottish National Party and the Independent Group. Richard Harrington, a junior minister in the business department resigned to vote in favor of the amendment, the BBC reported.

The vote clears space on Wednesday for a debate on ways out of the crisis caused by parliament’s refusal to support the Brexit deal agreed between London and Brussels in November.

The vote sets up a frenzied 48 hours of drama which could culminate in MPs supporting a softer form of Brexit or a second referendum in a series of “indicative votes” setting out their preferred way forward.

In a statement to the House of Commons Monday, Theresa May indicated that it will not be bound by the results of the votes — which have no legal force. The prime minister said she was “skeptical” about the plan, warning that similar attempts had produced “contradictory outcomes or no outcome at all.”

The government has indicated that any attempt to force ministers to accept a Brexit path that runs counter to Conservative Party manifesto commitments could precipitate a general election. That raises the prospect of a second delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union, perhaps lasting until the end of the year or longer and requiring the U.K. to take part in elections to the European parliament in May.

The Letwin amendment takes the power to control parliamentary business in the House of Commons away from the government on Wednesday, to allow MPs to put forward their own motions relating to Brexit.

Labour MP and Chair of the Brexit Committee Hilary Benn told MPs Monday he would use the occasion to vote for a permanent customs union and a “confirmatory referendum” of the final deal. Both proposals would break Conservative Party manifesto commitments, increasing the chances of a snap poll being called under May or a replacement Tory leader. Benn, however, was adamant: “MPs must guide the way through,” he said.

Labour’s shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said the prime minister was surviving “by the hour” and “enough is enough.” He added: “We cannot go on like this and parliament must take back control.”

Theresa May maintains carry-on-regardless Brexit strategy

‘Jellyfish in grey suits’ fail to pull off cabinet revolt so prime minister ploughs on

It was the day that Theresa May was meant to face a full-blown cabinet revolt and a move by parliament to take control of Brexit.

But it soon became clear the anti-May plotters in the cabinet had bottled a direct confrontation. “No one actually dealt with the leadership issue,” one cabinet source said. “They didn’t even skirt around it.”

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