MPs coordinate efforts to limit Henry VIII powers by forcing government to make concessions or risk humiliating defeat

Theresa May appears likely to be forced into an early tactical retreat over the European Union withdrawal bill, as Conservative MPs from both sides of the referendum divide flex their muscles.

During a bruising debate in the House of Commons lasting almost five hours on Thursday, David Davis, the Brexit secretary, indicated he was willing to accommodate improvements to the key piece of legislation for taking Britain out of the EU in March 2019.

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