Theresa May has lost more ministers to Brexit and, more importantly, has lost even more control over the process than her government has just recorded.
Sir Oliver Letwin's plan went through the Commons this evening with a clear lead than expected, a big win for the group, which consists of several parties that have been pushing for quite some time plans with different flavors that would give Parliament more say What's next?
Officially, today's proposal has given MEPs control over the debates in the lower house on Wednesday. They will use this to make a number of voices on different options.
That's exactly what some ministers wanted and have had for ages.
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However, these ministers were rejected by their peers, who were sitting at the same table, from the beginning against the idea fought.
That's because they fear, as the Prime Minister does, that the process will overcome the remainder of control that has been taken, and possibly move Parliament to opt for a softer Brexit.
MEPs now have the right to carry out this unusual process Wednesday there will be a series of votes in the lower house where MEPs will have a say in a whole range of options ̵
But it is important to note that these voices do not force the government to do anything at this time, they will not be binding, and the prime minister has stated that she can not do so and would never support a plan, that was not. t in the conservative manifesto.
On the other hand, MPs involved tonight in the bid say that if there is a majority for a plan that is not the prime minister's deal, then there would be "turmoil" when Theresa May tries would ignore this.
It is of course possible that Brexiteers, who have so far resisted the Prime Minister's agreement, are afraid that Parliament has more control over the process and that it is more likely to be reconciled. The reason for this is that the composition of MPs in general is more of a softer business than supply.
Given Theresa May's decision this week or a much longer conflict with a closer relationship with the EU than the Prime Minister has negotiated, it is not impossible for the numbers to move in their favor.
However, with former Remainers ready to vote for their votes in Parliament, the Prime Minister's fight with her party could become even more intense.
Tonight could be the official start of a trip to a gentler Brexit led by a majority in parliament, Brexitians are starting to falter, or the beginning of the next phase of a government-parliament dispute that could only end with a "democratic event" code in Whitehall for what you and I would usually call a choice.