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

Theresa May

Theresa May

But, if she chooses to fight and then sees a large number of her own party rebel, it would undermine her leadership and cast fresh doubt on whether she can deliver the Brexit plan agreed by her cabinet this month at her Chequers country residence.

Last week, members of the hard Brexit group put down four amendments to the taxation (cross-border trade) bill due to be debated on Monday evening, aimed at halting the customs plan announced by May at Chequers nine days ago. In a letter to constituents, he said: 'I will remain open to the arguments for another referendum as the negotiation proceeds, but any vote should be the public ratifying the final deal, rather than a re-run of the 2016 referendum'.

Greening claimed there are three Brexit options: the prime minister's final Brexit deal, staying in the European Union, and leaving the European Union with "no deal".

The most talked-about of the four amendments proposes to make it illegal for the British taxman to collect duties for the European Union without reciprocal arrangements, after May proposed that the United Kingdom would collect tariffs on goods heading for the EU after Brexit.

Brexit-supporting Conservative backbenchers have forced the government to accept a series of amendments to its cross-border trade bill that appear to significantly alter the Brexit deal struck by the cabinet at Chequers.

Justine Greening, an ex-Education Secretary who quit the government in January this year, said May's negotiating strategy would neither please those who wanted a clean break with the European Union nor those who opposed Brexit altogether. She branded the deal "a fudge".

Meanwhile Boris Johnson, in his first public intervention since his resignation last week, appealed for people to take a more positive view of Britain's prospects outside the EU.

No Justine, we don't need a second referendum
It comes after former education secretary Justine Greening , a long-time Remainer, joined in the calls for another referendum. The skirmishes are expected to continue Tuesday when a trade bill is debated. "The reality is parliament is now stalemated".

"It is time for all of us - at this critical moment in our constitutional development - to believe in ourselves, to believe in the British people and what they can do, and in our democracy", he wrote.

On Sunday, Robert Courts, the MP who took over David Cameron's old constituency said he was resigning as a parliamentary private secretary to the Foreign Office so that he could vote against the government in the customs bill.

"But in practice having looked through the detail now it just won't and I can not see how, going forward, the common rulebook will be workable in practice". "It's not all about Brexit: EU net migration was unusually high just before the referendum, and it's likely that some of the decline would have happened anyway even if the United Kingdom had not voted to leave", she added.

A Conservative MP in the pro-Brexit European Research Group told BI that the amendments represented a "big win" and said they were preparing for a summer-long "ground war" in order to deal further blows to May's plan.

Customs duties - the bill allows the United Kingdom to create a standalone customs regime separate to that of the EU.

"All of that hinges on that being agreed this autumn and, I think, when it comes to Parliament, I hope and expect that it will be persuasive that what is on offer will be good for the United Kingdom and good for every part of the United Kingdom".

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