Theresa May ‘scrapes through’ vote on customs bill

Theresa May ‘scrapes through’ vote on customs bill

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This morning, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox insisted that the compromise agreement which was abandoned by David Davis and Boris Johnson was not dead. That's the question everyone in Westminster is asking this morning as the key piece of Brexit legislation returns to the Commons for its remaining stages before going to the Lords. "Yesterday changed that", MP Phillip Lee, who resigned as a junior minister over Brexit earlier this year, told lawmakers.

But the ball is back in Remainers' court tonight as they will seek to vote through a amendment guaranteeing the government negotiates involvement in a customs union with the EU.

A spokeswoman for May said the amendments are consistent with the original plan.

Defence minister Guto Bebb voted against the Government, effectively quitting his frontbench role.

The government narrowly won votes on the bill despite a rebellion by pro-EU Tories angry at the changes.

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After a rowdy debate when Conservatives criticized members of their own party, junior Treasury minister Mel Stride told parliament: "We have had a full, robust and comprehensive debate today as is entirely appropriate for a bill of this importance, importance to our ability to continue after our departure from the European Union as one of the world's great trading nations".

The move has led to accusations that Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping to abate Tory infighting over Brexit by sending everyone home early.

The commission has already put together a task force to prepare the member states for the consequences for a possible no deal.

Tuesday's legislation was technical in nature - focusing on converting trade deals between the European Union and third countries into bilateral deals with Britain, and was not originally meant to define new trade policy. It has been signed by 11 Tory MPs including former leader Iain Duncan Smith, former cabinet minister Priti Patel and Rees-Mogg.

Theresa May's government is attempting to bring forward the summer recess in order to prevent further chaos, after avoiding defeat by just three votes tonight on amendments to the Customs Bill, accepted by the government to appease Brexit-supporting MPs.

In dramatic scenes in the House of Commons, ministers made a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat by offering to introduce amendments in the House of Lords which would deal with "the essence" of rebel Tories' concerns over future customs arrangements.

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