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Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

UK's May halts revolt over Brexit trade bill

UK's May halts revolt over Brexit trade bill

"Indeed, the result of accepting the EU's rulebook, and our proposal of a fantastical [customs arrangement], is that we have much less scope to do free trade deals...and which we should all acknowledge", Mr. Johnson said on Wednesday.

The others require the United Kingdom to have a separate Value-Added Tax regime from the EU and force the Prime Minister to table primary legislation if she wishes to keep Britain in the customs union. Britons should be "great independent actors" on the world stage, not "rule takers", he said.

Since the Chequers agreement, May had lost ten government members, including from the cabinet Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign minister Boris Johnson. "The Prime Minister has been clear that we will leave the European Union, but in a way that does not endanger Shropshire jobs, or the county and borough's prosperity", he said.

Tuesday's legislation was technical in nature - focusing on converting trade deals between the European Union and third countries into bilateral deals with Britain - and was not originally meant to define new trade policy. The document proposes keeping Britain and the European Union in a free market for goods, with a more distant relationship for services. However, the move to appease the Eurosceptic-wing of the party has, in turn, enraged remainers, with Guto Bebb stepping down as a defense minister in order to vote against the amendments tonight.

Lawmakers earlier confronted May during her weekly question-and-answer session in the House of Commons.

This week Ms. May agreed to modify the plan slightly but that only angered the soft Brexit backers in her caucus who supported the customs arrangement and said she was caving in to the Brexiteers.

But, in turn, Mrs May had to fend off the Remain camp, who want Britain to stay inside a customs union.

Pressure on the Prime Minister continued to mount as a poll gave Labour a five-point lead over the Conservatives.

Shouts rang out across the Commons.

A bristling Mrs May insisted at "absolutely no point" had that happened because "Brexit continues to mean Brexit".

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"No one should plan on a high-alignment deal...going through this House", warned Baker.

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In an explosive resignation statement, the former foreign secretary praised the prime minister's "courage" and "resilience", but said the government had "dithered" and allowed a "fog of self-doubt" to descend.

"The problem is not that we have failed to make the case for a free trade agreement of the kind spelt out at Lancaster House".

A strong rebellion on the Conservative benches could lead to an embarrassing defeat for a Government now assailed on all sides over its plans for leaving the European Union.

"If the final deal was watered down such that it is no longer Brexit, I would be prepared to vote against it", she said.

"Not the democratic disaster of ongoing harmonisation with no way out and no say for the UK". "We should not and need not be stampeded by anyone".

Around 40 Tory MPs have reportedly already submitted a letter to the party leadership calling for a vote of no confidence.

On two of Monday's votes her majority was cut to three, suggesting that the leader will struggle to get Brexit legislation through a deeply divided parliament, which could possibly threaten the approval of any Brexit deal with the EU.

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