United Kingdom parliament vote to reveal extent of anger over May's Brexit plan

Aaron Brown
July 18, 2018

British prime minister Theresa May will face yet another rebellion on Tuesday (17 July) in parliament, this time from her pro-EU Conservative MPs who are upset that the premier caved into hardline Brexiteer demands on Monday, increasing the chances for a no-deal divorce from the EU.

The amendment would have forced the Government to adopt a negotiating objective of seeking to keep the United Kingdom in "a customs union" with the EU after Brexit, unless it has managed to negotiate a "frictionless free trade area for goods" by January 21 next year. This morning former cabinet member Justine Greening took the divisive step to call for a 2nd referendum vote on European Union membership, she said: "Brexit has to be above party politics, what's right for the country needs to come first".

Those who wanted Britain to leave the European Union narrowly won the 2016 referendum, with 52 percent of voters supporting Brexit.

The commission said the Vote Leave group, backed by senior politicians who included former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, failed to declare 675,000 pounds ($894,000) it spent with Canadian data firm Aggregate IQ.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "Today we have seen the truly calamitous state of the Tory party, as once again the Prime Minister is forced to concede ground to hold together her unholy alliance of MPs".

MPs backed an amendment that would keep the United Kingdom in the European medicines regulatory network.

MPs are expected to vote later on calls by pro-European Tories for the United Kingdom to stay in a customs union if there is no trade agreement by 21 January 2019.

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However, she has told unhappy lawmakers that they needed to back her or risk there being no Brexit at all . The battle over the amendments is unlikely to be the last that May and her team will have to face.

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She added: "I have always said I'm in this for the long term".

Moments earlier, the prime minister lost a Brexit vote as MPs voted for continued United Kingdom involvement in the EU's regulatory system for medicines.

But her plan so far has pleased few on both sides, compounding divisions within the Conservative Party that have so far frustrated progress in talks with the European Union, and triggering a war of words between eurosceptic and pro-EU factions.

Leavers led by Jacob Rees-Mogg forced the government on Monday to back four amendments to Brexit legislation, including one meant to scupper May's plans for a new customs deal.

Defence minister Guto Bebb voted against the Government, effectively quitting his frontbench role.

The prime minister's office defended the government's decision, saying that it was still consistent with the previous government policy.

Plus Andrew Griffiths, a key ally and former chief of staff for Theresa May resigned this weekend over inappropriate sexual texts to constituents, making 10 government resignations in just 8 days.

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