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

Theresa May is pleasing no one with her Brexit balancing act

Theresa May is pleasing no one with her Brexit balancing act

He added that the political system in the country was "being torn apart" by Brexit and a second referendum may be needed if MPs could not reach a consensus on the issue.

With just 25 minutes left to save Theresa May from a humiliating Brexit defeat that could define her Premiership on Tuesday evening, the Government resorted to desperate measures.

The Commons voted by 307 to 301 against the amendment from pro-EU Tory rebels that would have wrecked the Prime Minister's Brexit strategy and plunged the government into chaos.

Ahead of that vote, the Prime Minister faces a stand-off with pro-EU backbenchers over a key piece of Brexit legislation.

This was underlined on Monday as it first accepted a series of demands from Brexiteers who are unhappy at the proposals in the White Paper, believing it keeps the United Kingdom too closely tied to the EU.

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Mr Hollingbery, moving the Government's amendments to the Bill, said: "I recognise that members are seeking reassurance that the government will be transparent about the content of these transitioned agreements and what might need to change to deliver this continuity that we have championed for so long". "If we don't, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all", she wrote in an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

A spokesman for the prime minister said the amendments were "consistent" with the White Paper policy document which developed the Chequers plan.

It comes after the government announced earlier today that it was backing the amendment, tabled by Brexiteer Tories, to trade proposals relating to the UK-EU borders after Brexit.

The votes in parliament's lower House of Commons come as Britain's new Brexit minister Dominic Raab heads to Brussels this week for his first talks with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

The amendments undercut parts of May's Chequers agreement, a plan for Britain's exit from the European Union that some lawmakers said watered down Britain's future independence.

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Three Labour MPs voted with the government.

Showing how tight the numbers are, the government did suffer an unexpected defeat on a separate amendment, which means it will now be required to seek continued participation in the European medicines regulatory framework.

Asked if Labour would back May's Brexit blueprint, the main opposition party's deputy leader Tom Watson told Sky News television: "We've not decided our voting position on the legislation that would enable it, but in its current form it's not good enough".

Some 14 Tory rebels voted against the Government-backed Tory Eurosceptic clause that would prevent the United Kingdom collecting tariffs on behalf of the European Union unless it agreed to do the same.

"It is with great deal of sadness that I have tendered my resignation as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury", Mann said in a Twitter post in which he shared his resignation letter.

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