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

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

Where the government might struggle is explaining its acceptance of the demand that the European Union must collect tariffs on Britain's behalf, if London is to do the same - a suggestion one expert said the bloc's negotiators were unlikely to accept.

It was not clear the move would fundamentally change her plans - the changes do little more than to put government policy into law, her spokesman said - but it was a victory of sorts for those MPs who say May has betrayed them on Brexit, the biggest shift in British trade and foreign policy for decades.

The contest was prompted by ex-prime minister David Cameron's decision to quit the House of Commons after departing 10 Downing Street in the wake of the Brexit vote. She's caved in to Brexiteers meaning her Chequers negotiation has not lasted a week.

On Monday night, MPs will consider amendments to trade legislation from Tory Eurosceptics aimed at imposing strict conditions on the Prime Minister after she produced a plan which would keep the United Kingdom closely tied to Brussels' rules on goods and food.

So as I suggested earlier looked likely to happen, Theresa May seems to have capitulated and accepted all the rebel Brexiter ERG amendments to the Customs Bill.

However, the danger to the Prime Minister was underlined by the disclosure that Brexiteers had set up a Whatsapp group to co-ordinate voting tactics, organised by ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker, who quit over the Chequers plan.

The controversial plans, which detail "a common rule book" covering a new UK-EU free trade area, were presented by Mrs May as a hopeful compromise approach in Brexit talks.

In a BBC television interview on Sunday, Mrs May said she understood the strength of feelings driving the Brexit debate.

Last week a group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, tabled four amendments to the customs bill, in order to unpick the prime minister's Chequers plan.

She told MPs: "He is absolutely wrong in his reference to the agreement that was reached at Chequers, I would not have gone through all the work that I did to ensure that we reached that agreement only to see it changed in some way through these Bills".

Greening said that with divisions in the Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party over how to proceed with Brexit, there should be another vote, with the public able to choose between May's plans, a "no-deal" break with the European Union or remaining in the bloc.

Some in the pro-EU faction have also rejected the plan.

A Labour source said of the early summer recess plan: "Theresa May sounds like she is running scared of her own MPs".

The North Cornwall MP had campaigned to leave the European Union before the referendum and in no analogy whatsoever is otherwise notable for being rescued from the sea by a Conservative colleague after he jumped in, too embarrassed to admit that he did not know how to swim.

The official was due to be quizzed over his role in drawing up Mrs May's Brexit plan and is said to have clashed repeatedly with former EU Exit Secretary David Davis.

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