Now Theresa May faces recess rebellion (and another Brexit bill)
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jul 20, 2018,
Jul 20, 2018, 18:24
Facing defeat because of opposition from dozens of pro-Brexit MPs, the government agreed to changes, including a clause to toughen conditions over customs arrangements and another to ensure the United Kingdom is out of the EU's Value-Added Tax system.
The other Remainer rebels were Heidi Allen, Richard Benyon, Ken Clarke, Jonathan Djanogly, Dominic Grieve, Stephen Hammond, Phillip Lee, Nicky Morgan, Bob Neill, Mark Pawsey, Antoinette Sandbach, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston.
The rebellion was seen off by 307 to 301 - a government majority of six - amid acrimonious scenes in the Commons.
But even if the Government won the vote, Mr Johnson would still have another few days to make a Commons statement that could have echoes of Geoffrey Howe's devastating resignation speech after quitting Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet in a row over Europe.
If it were to happen, it would be a short-lived arrangement, focussed exclusively on Europe, with a new Prime Minister to take charge of the negotiations, and our only objective would be to get the best possible deal.
And the gloomy forecast of the furious Government minister I bumped into as he arrived to vote on the trade bill - that this Tory split will bring down the Government - will probably be proved to have been accurate as well.
Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards said: "Plaid Cymru has worked, and will continue to work with sensible politicians from across all parties to defeat this hard-Brexit".
In that time, the government would need to pass legislation to enable a referendum, the wording of the question would have to be agreed, and campaign rules would need to be thrashed out.
On Tuesday night, party officials confirmed 2,500 new members had been processed in the past week, and claimed 4,000 applications had been made since the Chequers plans were published.
Theresa May has warned Tory rebels seeking to wreck her blueprint to leave the European Union that they could be left with "no Brexit at all" unless they fall into line. It would remove our ability to have an independent trade policy at all, conceding Britain's role on the global stage as a force for free trade and endangering people's jobs and livelihoods.
Former education secretary Justine Greening, who backed Remain, denounced the Chequers plan, saying it offered the "worst of both worlds" and called for a second referendum.
"Parliament is deeply divided on Brexit and the Government are struggling to get anything passed", said Ms Lucas.
UKIP sources have also claimed that disaffected Brexit voters have been joining UKIP in large numbers since Mrs May's Chequers summit, where she revealed the "soft" Brexit plan.
In an interview with the BBC, the company's global external manufacturing, Juliette White, said it is preparing to set up duplicate labs in the United Kingdom and European Union, and now has more than 30 people working on preparations for Brexit.
There was an awkward moment for him during PMQs, when Tory colleague Keith Simpson referenced the recent visit of US President Donald Trump.
The Government said it would "revisit" the EMA amendment when it comes before the House of Lords.
Asked about the chances of success for Mrs May's strategy, Mr Clark told Today: "This is a White Paper that is now the basis of our negotiation".
"We would look to be an active participant and this would involve making an appropriate financial contribution".