Theresa May ‘scrapes through’ vote on customs bill

EU referendum bill debate

EU referendum bill debate

The hardliner amendments of several dozen MPs from the European Research Group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, basically kill off all of May's proposals in the white paper that meant to create workable solutions for both the United Kingdom and the EU.

A special ERG whipping operation, using the WhatsApp messaging service, has been created by Steve Baker, a former Brexit minister who resigned from the government last week, although ERG insiders would not put a number on how many they expected to rebel in the Commons.

The report stage of the bill will also see MPs debate a long-awaited amendment that would keep the United Kingdom in the EU customs union post-Brexit that is supported by Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and two Tory Remainers, Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke.

The size of the threat should become clear on Monday when lawmakers vote on amendments to legislation on the government's post-Brexit customs regime, with leading eurosceptics set to vote in favor of amendments that May opposes and back their own proposals to toughen up her exit plan.

"In the newspapers at the weekend I read that some people were so cross with the White Paper that they were proposing to vote against this".

The former Education Secretary labelled the Prime Minister's Brexit deal a "fudge", and called for a second referendum on leaving the EU.

"This is the stuff of complete madness", she said.

Tory MP Anna Soubry has blasted the Government for giving in to Brexiteers ahead of a crunch vote on Theresa May's plan to quit the European Union, labelling the move the "stuff of complete madness".

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Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of ‘running scared’ amid Brexit turmoil

The trade bill, partner legislation to the customs bill, returns to the Commons for MPs to decide the framework for Britain implementing post-Brexit worldwide trade deals.

It could be the unofficial deadline for Tory MPs to trigger a vote of no confidence if it is to make the timetable before the Commons breaks up for summer, if - as suggested - the recess date is brought forward.

She supported remain in the UK's 2016 Brexit referendum.

May had to fight hard to get the agreement of Cabinet ministers at her Chequers country residence earlier this month for her vision for Britain's future ties with the EU.

Speaking in favour of the United Kingdom having its own customs and trade arrangements, Davis said: "The European Union is a slow and not very effective negotiator of free trade agreements, we keep hearing about their negotiating power, their size".

Remainer conservative MPs warned that the Brexit plan amended by hardliners increase the likelihood of a no-deal divorce, and that prospect is becoming more tangible in Brussels as well.

Labour sought to exploit the open Tory divisions.