Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Britain's Theresa May bows to Brexit pressure in parliament

Britain's Theresa May bows to Brexit pressure in parliament

Prime Minister Theresa May faces potentially highly damaging attacks from both sides in parliament this week over plans for Britain's future trading relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

On Monday, the other wing of May's Conservative Party - those MPs who want to keep the closest possible ties with the European Union after Brexit - spoke up in the voice of former education minister Justine Greening who called for a second referendum. The former education secretary stated that keeping Britain in parts of the single market would be the "worst of both worlds".

Justine Greening, the MP for Putney was embarrassed during an interview after BBC's Jo Coburn played a contradictory argument from her on Theresa May's Brexit plan, which she only gave last week.

A ministerial aide became the ninth party member to resign their post in protest over the Chequers deal.

The prime minister also said that the taxation (cross border trade) bill, which seeks to allow the United Kingdom to implement its own customs regime after Brexit, and a related trade bill on Tuesday, were "an important part of our no-deal preparations" because both were necessary to prepare the United Kingdom for life as an independent trading nation.

Meanwhile pro-EU diehards are also dissatisfied with her compromise position unveiled last week, and are plotting their own moves, hoping to make ties much stronger.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said May faced the choice of rewriting her Brexit plans or splitting the Conservatives and scraping through on the back of opposition votes.

Amid the resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Brexit Secretary David Davis last week, Greening has concluded that the "only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of deadlocked politicians". He added: "I can not tell the people of WOxon [West Oxfordshire] that I support the proposals in their current form".

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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.

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.

As Justine Greening proposes a three-way second Brexit referendum, James O'Brien says why everybody will vote with the same second preference. To win, the prime minister has to win over half of the Tory party's 316 MPs, and if she does, another no-confidence vote could not be held for 12 months.

May also came under fire Monday from a former Cabinet minister who called for a new Brexit referendum, an idea immediately rejected by the prime minister's team.

He described Ms Greening's call for a second referendum as "a little ill-thought out", saying: "If we wanted to extend the uncertainty for another long period this is one way of doing it".

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, May indicated she would seek to fight off any challenge that emerged before the summer recess, saying: "I want to focus people's minds on how you ensure you achieve that prize, the benefits of leaving the European Union".

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