Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

British PM survives key Brexit vote amid rebellion

British PM survives key Brexit vote amid rebellion

They attempted to force through legislation that would have required Britain to join a European customs union if it had failed to negotiate a "frictionless free trade area for goods" two months before the country leaves the EU next year.

The narrow victory is May's third this week, underlining the difficulty she faces in passing legislation on one of the most divisive and important decisions in modern British history with only a minority government and a party at war with itself.

Tonight the government narrowly avoided defeat over Brexit again as parliament rejected the customs union amendment laid down by Remainer Tories.

Britain's MPs in the House of Commons read out the results of a vote on the so called new clause 17 amendment.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has also voiced concerns about Brexit, warning a no-deal scenario would prompt a review of interest rates, with expectations of an August rise growing in recent weeks. "Theresa May should finally accept that and get on with the job of negotiating for Britain".

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After a day of tense negotiations between whips and rebel Tory MPs, matters were looking grim. A vote of no confidence will be held if 48 or more are submitted.

Two members of the cabinet - Boris Johnson and David Davis - have resigned in protest at the plan, as Eurosceptic Tories claim it sticks too closely to European Union rules and regulations.

Two top pro-Brexit ministers, Boris Johnson and David Davis, quit in protest last week, while a string of junior walkouts have followed suit, including two more officials on Monday.

While Mrs May faces a session in front of the Liaison Committee, made up of senior MPs who chair Commons select committees, a debate will take place in the main chamber on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and EU.

Later, the government was also left embarrassed when it abandoned plans to send MPs on an early summer break, amid ever-deepening divisions among Conservatives on Brexit.

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Plane manufacturers including Airbus have warned they pull out of the United Kingdom if there is no trade deal struck with the European Union after Brexit next year.

"The UK government white paper advocates partial participation in the Single Market and continued participation in a Customs Union by any other name".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans have met a series of rebellions in Parliament.

Although far from lavishing praise on the United Kingdom government's new Brexit plan, it's an interesting change of emphasis from a first minister who has to date exclusively fired his rhetorical arrows towards Downing Street.

A defeat on the trade bill, central to May's Brexit strategy, had the power to set in motion events which may have toppled the Government.

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"However, I believe it is a basis on which more serious negotiations can now start".

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