May faces pressure from both sides over Brexit plan at PMQs

May faces pressure from both sides over Brexit plan at PMQs

May faces pressure from both sides over Brexit plan at PMQs

On Monday, MPs will vote on a series of amendments to the Customs Bill tabled by members of the European Research Group (ERG), which Mr Rees-Mogg leads, meant to scupper her plans for a "UK-EU free trade area" based on a "common rule book".

A City of Westminster council worker sweeps outside number 10 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

EU affairs ministers will soon have their first chance to discuss the UK's white paper, the UK's policy on its relationship with the EU after Brexit, and how they would tackle key issues, such as trade between the EU and UK.

The amendment would have forced the Government to adopt a negotiating objective of seeking to keep the United Kingdom in "a customs union" with the EU after Brexit, unless it has managed to negotiate a "frictionless free trade area for goods" by January 21 next year.

If Mrs May holds on as leader and manages to rally her troops behind the Brexit plan agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers, she still faces the tough challenge of winning the European Union over to her proposals.

The department for worldwide trade said that Britain was always seeking to be part of the medicines framework.

He said he could neither support nor accept the Brexit vision which he and other Cabinet members signed up to at Chequers.

Mrs May only survived because a handful of pro-Brexit Labour MPs sided with the government.

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury saying: "Over the coming days, weeks and months I fear that elements of the Brexit white paper will inevitably put me in direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents".

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Theresa May is facing a Commons showdown with Tory Brexiteers determined to force her to abandon her controversial blueprint for leaving the European Union.

The leading Tory Remainer called threats of another general election or vote of no confidence in the PM "nonsense" but said the government "simply can not go on like this".

One of the rebel amendments demands that the United Kingdom should scrap an offer to collect taxes and duties on behalf of the European Union unless the remaining 27 member states pledge to do the same for Britain.

He urged the government to "explicitly aim once again for the glorious vision of Lancaster House" instead of the "miserable permanent limbo of Chequers".

The Prime Minister avoided a damaging defeat - which could have had major implications for her leadership - by just six votes in the Commons on Tuesday night.

The British government has narrowly avoided a defeat on its Customs Bill after agreeing to Brexiteers' demands to change its wording.

The government was widely expected to be defeated on the rebel trade bill amendment which could have forced May to try to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU if no agreement had been reached on frictionless trade by January 21, 2019.

And Wes Streeting, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign for a second referendum, said: "Boris Johnson's speech was a total damp squib". Donald Trump on his visit to the United Kingdom last week said Johnson would make "a great prime minister".

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