Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

PM May threatened rebels with a national election

PM May threatened rebels with a national election

The leading Tory Remainer called threats of another general election or vote of no confidence in the PM "nonsense" but said the government "simply can not go on like this".

The amendment would have forced the Government to adopt a negotiating objective of seeking to keep the United Kingdom in "a customs union" with the EU after Brexit, unless it has managed to negotiate a "frictionless free trade area for goods" by next January.

Shadow Scotland Secretary Lesley Laird said the fact that no Scottish Conservative MPs rebelled against the government meant "Ruth Davidson's pledge that her MPs would stand up for Scotland was nothing short of a lie". Fourteen soft-Brexit Tories rebelled to support Labour and the Liberal Democrats' opposition.

It appears the last minute carrot-and-stick double-team by Tory whips was just enough to pressure some rebels to back the government, although the climbdown, one of several by Tory Remainers over the past year, drew criticism from several quarters.

The Customs Bill was later approved by parliament with a clearer majority of 318 to 285 and goes to its next stage in the House of Lords.

The Conservative government defeated on Tuesday an amendment introduced by its own backbench MPs to a future trade policy bill which would have kept Britain in a customs union with the EU if it fails to agree a free trade deal.

But her plan so far has pleased very few, deepening those divisions in her Conservative Party that have so far hampered progress in talks with the European Union, and triggering a bitter war of words between its Brexit-supporting and pro-EU factions.

It said the United Kingdom would not collect tariffs for the European Union unless the European Union agreed to do the same for the UK.

"It is becoming more obvious by the day that May is finding it increasingly hard to gain a majority in parliament for "her" Brexit plan", Commerzbank analysts said.

FIFA WC: France beat Belgium 1-0 to reach finals
One was a weak volley in the 61st minute from Kevin De Bruyne , who got poor contact and bounced the ball harmlessly to Lloris . After all, they have won their five World Cup matches, and their road has been significantly tougher than France's one.

But former transport minister Mr Hammond, who joined five other Tory backbenchers in tabling the amendment, insisted its provisions were "entirely in line" with Mrs May's Brexit White Paper.

In addition to the Brexit aspect of the trip, Mrs May will meet the region's political parties. The commission said Grimes and an official from Vote Leave have both been referred to police "in relation to false declarations of campaign spending".

He said: "The government is not proposing any equivalent scrutiny processes for agreements that will replace those we now have through our membership of the EU, this lack of scrutiny is a major issue and we raised the concerns of business, trade unions, civil society, consumers and many more at committee".

Britain's departure from the European Union is scheduled to begin in March, with the transition lasting through 2020.

The latest votes have further complicated the Chequers plan agreed by the cabinet but which later sparked the resignations of Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson. "Even with a net vote in favour of a hike, we are likely to see a one and done", Neil Jones, head of FX hedge fund sales at Mizuho Bank said.

"His speech will be a call for a change in policy, not a change of prime minister".

The government's White Paper on Brexit has promised to maintain a frictionless border in Ireland.

The votes demonstrate the extent to which the Tory party is irreconcilably split over the issue of Brexit, with May's days numbered amid constant talk of a leadership challenge ahead.

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