However, by hardening the language to emphasize that the future collection of duties and taxes by Britain and the European Union is on a reciprocal basis, Brexit supporters may have made May’s plan less sellable to the bloc.
“She should do the right thing and trigger a by-election where she can, if she wishes, take her chances against a real Labour candidate”.
She was slated to face more votes yesterday, including one on a proposal to send lawmakers on holiday early in what is seen as a tactic to avoid more plotting against her.
Anna Soubry has said she is in “no doubt” that Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg is “running the country” a day after Theresa May narrowly survived a humiliating defeat by MPs over her Brexit plans.
“People are using terms like “cliff edge” and “no deal” with negative connotations, but we trade on World Trade Organisation Terms with 80 per cent of the world, including the single largest country we trade with, America”.
Twelve rebel Tory MPs backed an amendment to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU should May fail to strike a deal with Brussels on frictionless trade by late January.
It is a long-standing parliamentary convention that ministers who quit the cabinet are given the opportunity to address the House to explain their reasons for doing so.
Another hard-Brexit amendment-to ensure the United Kingdom would not be part of the EU’s Value-Added Tax regime post-Brexit-was backed by 303 to 300, with a Tory rebellion of 11.
The British government wants to retain the ability to sign trade deals independently of the EU.
Despite the government’s victory, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner said the knife-edge vote showed the Prime Minister was “in office, but not in power”.
On Monday, May gave in to Tory hardliners by accepting four amendments to the bill, underpinned by her Brexit white paper, meant to toughen up her negotiating stance.
John McDonnell tweeted: “Government’s plan to close Parliament on Thursday and send MPs home early for summer is because Theresa May is fearful of Tory MPs hanging around plotting against her”.
British voters in a June 2016 referendum chose to leave the European Union, and on Tuesday Britain’s official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, was fined and reported to the police for breaking spending rules – another issue boosting calls for a second vote. In an interview published in the pro-Brexit Sun, Trump said May’s soft-Brexit strategy threatened any future US/UK trade deal.
He said: “It was 60 of you, a minority saying, if you do something we don’t like, like accepting this amendment, we will destroy your legislation and that will participate us into what you have talked about”.
Trump openly touted Johnson to replace May, telling the Sun that he would make a “great prime minister”.
“It’s not evident, or not obvious, that the government of Britain has the majority for any form of Brexit quite frankly”, he said.
He said Monday night’s vote backing a commitment to no border in the Irish Sea, which is said to put the EU’s “backstop” in jeopardy, should not give any cause for panic.