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"The Government's position has not moved since last year's white paper, and even Labour's manifesto was quite clear that free movement of people is not consistent with Brexit, and that we must have the freedom to conclude global trade deals".

Grieve, who has drafted his own amendment that would give MPs more scope in directing ministers in the possible event of a likely no-deal Brexit, later clarified to the Press Association that his comments referred to a future vote on a deal, rather than next week's events.

Speaking over the weekend, former attorney general and leading rebel Dominic Grieve warned that the government amendment prepared last week was "valueless".

Crucially, the motion will be unamendable, meaning MPs can not insert a requirement for Mrs May to go back to the negotiating table, extend the Brexit transition or revoke the UK's withdrawal under Article 50.

The Dudley South MP and staunch Brexiteer admitted he was frustrated that MPs were still "quibbling over process issues" which he said meant the European Union had barely had to bother entering into negotiations up to now.

"My intention is to support Dominic Grieve in the amendment that he put before the house, because that's what I publicly stated last Tuesday", he told Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday show.

Bill returning to the House of Lords on Monday, peers looked ready to launch a fresh round of parliamentary "ping pong" and send amendments back to the Commons which Mrs May has said would tie her hands in negotiations with Brussels.

However, the government has fallen into a row with MPs in May's own party who think parliament should have a greater say in the exit process than ministers want to give it.

She convinced Tory Remainers not to go ahead with a bid to bolster the "meaningful vote" on Tuesday by telling them she would find a compromise way forward.

May's Conservatives do not have a majority in the unelected House of Lords, and with the opposition Labour Party deciding to back a rival proposal, the government faces defeat when the debate begins on Monday afternoon.

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Theresa May told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show that 'Parliament can not tie the hands of government in negotiations'.

Tory Brexiteers are fiercely resistant to the idea because they believe it could effectively be used as a Brexit veto to keep the United Kingdom in the EU.

After an ill-judged election past year, May relies on the help of a deal with a small Northern Irish party to win votes in the Commons and can afford to lose no more than a handful of Conservative rebels if she is to avoid an embarrassing defeat.

May today said: "I listened to their concerns and I undertook to listen to their concerns".

"It all changed without Dominic Grieve or anyone else being consulted".

And Sarah Wollaston tweeted: "So just to be clear we are now going to have to amend the "unamendable" after the agreed amendable amendment acquired a sneaky sting in the tail".

"Would be amusing if only it wasn't such a serious issue".

"If the government can't get the most important treaty through Parliament we'll be looking for a new government", said Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Mr Tugendhat.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "It appears Theresa May has been caught red-handed making conflicting offers to Tory rebels and hard-right Brexiters".

"Having reneged on a promise made to her own colleagues, it is clear she can not be trusted".

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