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

Theresa May is pleasing no one with her Brexit balancing act

Theresa May is pleasing no one with her Brexit balancing act

Ahead of that vote, the Prime Minister faces a stand-off with pro-EU backbenchers over a key piece of Brexit legislation.

Labor MP Stephen Kinnock said in the debate: "By capitulating to their proposals she is accepting that the Chequers deal is now dead in the water".

The Daily Telegraph reported more than 100 MPs had joined the group - more than double the 48 needed to submit letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister to force a leadership contest.

On the other side of the equation, party members who fervently wanted the United Kingdom to stay in the EU have now morphed into demanding the "softest Brexit possible", keeping Britain within the EU customs union, and as close as possible to the single market.

The worldwide trade secretary told the BBC that feelings were running high but calls from some Tories to stay in a customs union, which will be voted on later, would send completely the wrong message to the EU.

But the climbdown, a hasty decision mid-afternoon - which smacked of panic - to accept four amendments to the Bill from Mr Rees-Mogg's European Research Group, nearly backfired spectacularly.

Mann's resignation comes as MPs are set to vote on a series of Commons amendments which are meant to send a message to the prime minister on the strength of feeling surrounding her Chequers plan.

The resignation by Scott Mann, junior minister in the Treasury, comes close on the heels of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis quitting their posts and has taken the number of those leaving office since May outlined her plan to nine.

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Noting the deep divisions in government and parliament on the way forward, Greening said the decision must be put to voters - becoming the most senior member of May's Conservative party to back the idea.

She insisted it would allow Britain to control migration, end the jurisdiction of European Union courts and forge its own trade policy - despite US President Donald Trump saying it could "kill" a US-UK trade deal.

This panic move, like the earlier one to cave in to the hardline Brexiteers, might buy the Prime Minister some time in the short term on Brexit and her battle for survival. I think it was a genuine clever attempt at a compromise that could work.

Parliament will debate aspects of the Brexit plan later Monday.

Rees-Mogg said she still had time to change course but said the current plan would only go through parliament with the support of opposition votes.

May claims that the trade bill will enable Britain to maintain the 40-odd trade agreements that the European Union has with countries around the world. It shows what chaos this government is in.Let me make it clear that I will be voting against breaking up early.

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