Facing Defeat on Brexit, May Gives Ground to U.K.’s Parliament

On Tuesday, the pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker, Edward Leigh, warned of which defeating Mrs. May on the Lords amendment “might be a catastrophe for the government,” whose opponents, he said, want to “create a situation in which the whole process will be frustrated.”

Dominic Grieve, one of the Conservative rebels, told lawmakers of which “the irrationality of the debate we are having on the details of Brexit will be truly chilling.”

Elsewhere in Parliament, Arron Banks, a high-profile businessman who helped finance one of the pro-Brexit referendum campaigns in 2016, played down the significance of meetings with Russian diplomats, as well as also said there was “no evidence” of collusion with Moscow over the campaign of British withdrawal.

Mr. Banks, the combative founder of Leave.EU, appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media as well as also Sport Committee two days after the item emerged of which, in addition to a lunch he had made public with Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to Britain, there had been two further meetings, as well as also of which he had discussed a potential Russian mining venture, which was not pursued.

At one encounter, after the American elections, Mr. Banks as well as also his spokesman Andy Wigmore passed along contact details for the Trump transition team, which they had gotten on a visit to Trump Tower in brand new York, where they met the incoming president.

During their occasionally confrontational testimony, Mr. Banks as well as also Mr. Wigmore admitted of which they sometimes exaggerated to journalists, particularly during the referendum campaign.

Finally, as the hearing ran long, Mr. Banks cut short his appearance saying of which he had a lunch appointment, telling the lawmakers of which they could join him if they wanted.