Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Brexit climbdown as Theresa May accepts rebel amendment

Brexit climbdown as Theresa May accepts rebel amendment

"We've accepted the amendments because we believe they are consistent with the approach that we set out, and in a number of cases it reinforces some of the messages that came in the white paper", the spokesman told reporters.

Miss Greening, who backed Theresa May " s Chequers deal last week, said she now believed it to be "unworkable' and voters should be given another say.

Downing Street said it would agree to a wrecking amendment, put forward by Tory rebels, that will affect Mrs May's plans for a new customs partnership with the EU.

Eurosceptics tabled amendments to the Government's Customs Bill aimed at imposing strict conditions on the Prime Minister after she produced a plan at Chequers that would keep the United Kingdom closely tied to Brussels' rules on goods and food.

One junior minister Guto Bebb, resigned rather than support the ERG customs union amendment, which narrowly passed by 305 to 302.

The Prime Minister was forced to deny that her Brexit blueprint was fatally compromised after she caved in to four demands from Leave supporters in order to avoid a Commons rebellion over a key piece of Brexit legislation.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for the second day of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018.

The government's acceptance of the amendments to the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, or customs bill, also did little to ease the tensions in May's party, which is at war with itself over the Brexit plans.

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Her Brexit negotiating strategy, which aims for a close relationship with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019, was only agreed with her cabinet earlier this month after two years of wrangling.

Whatever the proposal on the table, there will be MPs who vote it down.

"I've put down some amendments and we'll see what support they get", he said on Sunday.

As Justine Greening proposes a three-way second Brexit referendum, James O'Brien says why everybody will vote with the same second preference.

But on Brexit, it's clear we have a parliament in stalemate that can't deliver a clear choice for the future. The former education secretary stated that keeping Britain in parts of the single market would be the "worst of both worlds".

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".

Another pro-EU lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who has led previous efforts to get the government to soften its Brexit stance, said the party needed to accept compromises "or accept that Brexit can not be implemented and think again about what we are doing".

The threat from the Brexiteers is not the only danger facing Mrs May, with pro-EU Tories tabling amendments of their own to the Customs Bill and the Trade Bill - which returns to the Commons on Tuesday - which would keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

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