May wins key Brexit vote despite ongoing rebellion

May wins key Brexit vote despite ongoing rebellion

May wins key Brexit vote despite ongoing rebellion

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".

Pro-EU Labour MP Chuka Umunna hit out at Labour Brexiteers who opposed the customs union amendment, saying: "It's very disappointing and our communities will question why Labour MPs are jeopardising jobs".

The Prime Minister was saved from a humiliating reverse by the votes of four Labour Brexiteers - and one now sitting as an independent - who backed the Government in the crucial division.

"People are using terms like "cliff edge" and "no deal" with negative connotations, but we trade on World Trade Organisation Terms with 80 per cent of the world, including the single largest country we trade with, America".

The legislation change would have committed the United Kingdom to joining a customs union had it not been able to strike a free trade deal with the EU by January 2019.

It is a long-standing parliamentary convention that ministers who quit the cabinet are given the opportunity to address the House to explain their reasons for doing so.

The comments came as MPs resumed debate of the Trade Bill, which is one of a series of "Brexit Bills" that intend to adjust United Kingdom legislation in preparation for when Britain leaves the EU.

He also explained why he rebelled again in last night's vote on membership of a customs union with the EU, a vote that the government had expected to lose but won narrowly.

Tuesday was also the second day running May faced revolt from backbench Tory lawmakers after they failed on Monday by three votes to enact changes to a crucial post-Brexit customs bill.

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Ministers argued the amendment would put "massive restrictions" on its ability to forge "an independent trade policy" after Britain leaves the European Union next March.

During the Brexit referendum campaign, President Barack Obama visited the United Kingdom and threatened that, in the event of a Leave vote, Britain would "go to the back of the queue" in terms of securing a trade deal with the US.

There has been speculation in Westminster that Boris Johnson could take the opportunity to make a statement following his resignation as foreign secretary over the Chequers Brexit plan.

"We have a party in Northern Ireland and Ireland, a party that has seven MPs in the House of Commons", he said.

"Whether or not we get a trade deal now depends on how it is managed".

Former trade minister Greg Hands said Labour was "barking up the wrong tree" with their concerns as the legislation was dealing with existing agreements that have already been scrutinised.

Within days Michael Heseltine challenged Mrs Thatcher for the Tory leadership and she was eventually ousted and succeeded by John Major.

"These nonsenses of threatening general elections, and votes of confidence in the prime minister. bring it on, because I shall be the first in the queue to give my vote of full confidence in the prime minister", Soubry said.

On Monday night, 14 Tories who want to stay close to the European Union voted against the government.

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