Britain can not renege on commitments made to ensure Brexit talks with the European Union move on to discussions on the future relationship between the two, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator told the European Parliament on Wednesday.
Opposition MPs cheered and waved their order papers when the result of the vote was announced, with 309 voting in favour and 305 against.
Members of Parliament voted Wednesday for an amendment to the bill meaning lawmakers must approve the final deal with the European Union before withdrawal begins. "The government needs to listen to what's being said to them", Grieve told Sky News on Wednesday. I have to say that the last statements from David Davis about what the outcome means now practically was not helpful to secure this trust building approach. "That has been my aim throughout", he said.
Mr Grieve said the Government was not listening to criticism.
"The objective of the amendment, the nature of it, is entirely lost in a confrontation in which it is suggested that the underlying goal is the sabotage of the will of the people, which it most manifestly is not. Friends saying slightly startling things", he said.
Mr Grieve wants it written into the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that the Government can only implement elements of the withdrawal agreement once a statute allowing them to do so has been passed - a measure which appears to go beyond the promised vote on a resolution of both Houses. Mrs May was concerned that unless ministers controlled the manner of Britain's departure from the European Union the process would not be "orderly and smooth".
Theresa May has insisted she is "on course to deliver Brexit" as she tried to shrug off a Commons defeat on key legislation. Later, after nearly six hours of debate and with minutes to go before the vote, Mr Raab returned with an improved offer, a promise to amend the Bill to include the promise he had made earlier.
Labour is set to back Mr Grieve and urged would-be rebels not to be bought off by "warm words and woolly concessions".
"I'm sorry, but you can not treat the House in this fashion", he said.