May's Brexit plan on knife-edge as defeat avoided by 6 votes

May's Brexit plan on knife-edge as defeat avoided by 6 votes

May's Brexit plan on knife-edge as defeat avoided by 6 votes

The MPs wanted the United Kingdom to try to negotiate a customs union arrangement with the EU if it was not able to reach a frictionless free trade deal with the bloc.

If the amendment had passed it would have thrown May's Brexit strategy into disarray and increased pressure on the already beleaguered leader.

12 Remainer Tory MPs rebelled against the party whip: Heidi Allen, Guto Bebb, Ken Clarke, Jonathan Djanogly, Dominic Grieve, Stephen Hammond, Dr Philip Lee, Nicky Morgan, Robert Neill, Antoinette Sandbach, Anna Soubry, Dr Sarah Wollaston.

The Daily Telegraph reported more than 100 MPs had joined the group, more than double the 48 needed to submit letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister to force a leadership contest.

The tension over Brexit spiked again Tuesday, when Britain's election watchdog, the Electoral Commission, ruled that the official pro-Brexit campaign group Vote Leave had broken the law on political spending during the 2016 referendum campaign over membership in the bloc.

May's government is defeated on an amendment committing the United Kingdom to retaining European Union regulations on medicines.

The government narrowly won votes on the bill despite a rebellion by pro-EU Tories angry at the changes.

Theresa May did, however, lose a key Brexit vote in the Commons for only the second time when MPs tonight voted in favour of remaining in the European medicines regulatory framework.

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Under the deal, Ms Swinson claimed Conservative Party chair Brandon Lewis had agreed to also sit out the votes, but he was shown on a division list to have voted on the crucial customs union amendment.

There will be a chance for them to take revenge in the Commons today when MPs pass their judgement on amendments to another crucial piece of Brexit legislation, the Trade Bill. "The Bill is an important part of preparing for the world after Brexit and I would have thought that all colleagues would respect the fact that we need to get those preparations in place whilst having this important negotiation to make sure that our trading arrangement can continue to support prosperity in the future". Eight officials have quit since that summit, including two very high-profile Leave advocates, David Davis and Boris Johnson.

Despite this week's legislative successes, two former British prime ministers spoke out Tuesday about the divisive impact of Brexit. Critics say the move is a bid by a government to escape the prospect of more rebellions in the Conservative Party.

She told HuffPost UK: "Over my 29 years in Parliament, I have been censured many times by the CLP".

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

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

Tuesday's vote will be on the trade bill, which is focused on converting trade deals between the European Union and third countries into bilateral deals with Britain.

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