Yesterday evening, the House of Commons voted to reject the two amendments to the Article 50 Bill proposed by the House of Lords.
Despite predictions by some – including Robert Peston – of a notable Tory rebellion, it didn’t materialise.
The first amendment – seeking a unilateral guarantee of residency to EU citizens in the UK – was defeated by 335 votes to 287. Only two Conservative MPs rebelled: Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) and Dr Tania Mathias (Twickenham).
The second amendment – requiring parliamentary approval even in the case of no Brexit deal being agreed – was rejected by 331 votes to 286, with no Conservative rebels.
The rejection of both amendments was also accepted by the House of Lords – on EU citizens by a margin of 274-135, and on parliamentary approval by a margin of 274-118.