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Former UK minister calls for second vote on Brexit to end stalemate

Former UK minister calls for second vote on Brexit to end stalemate”

With hours to go, the Prime Minister accepted all the demands from the European Research Group (ERG) of pro-Brexit Tory MPs led by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The report stage of the bill will also see MPs debate a long-awaited amendment that would keep the United Kingdom in the EU customs union post-Brexit that is supported by Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and two Tory Remainers, Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke.

No 10 concluded that all four amendments were "consistent with the Brexit white paper", a decision that so incensed Tory remainers that they vowed to vote against the amendments in Monday night's Commons debate.

The level of support they attract will draw intense focus, particularly if the number significantly exceeds the 48 required to call for a vote of no confidence in May's leadership of the Conservative party.

In an opinion piece in the Times today, Greening described Prime Minister Theresa May's Chequers Brexit dea as "the worst of both worlds" and argued a second Brexit referendum would break parliamentary "stalemate" on the issue.

A full-blown three-month contest would produce a new prime minister - and potentially an entirely different approach to Brexit - just weeks before the crunch Brussels summit in October.

With chaos looming in the vote's wake, ministers want Parliament to rise five days earlier, on Thursday rather than next Tuesday, as originally scheduled.

The passage of the bill improves May's prospects of "making it through to the summer break without a leadership challenge", The Guardian says.

A second forces the government to commit in law not to allow a customs border down the Irish Sea, which could come into conflict with the backstop's demand that Northern Ireland remains aligned with the Republic for customs purposes.

Labour's Paula Sherriff said she had "important meetings" scheduled for next week and would vote against the move.

The former Brexit Secretary urged MPs to back the customs bill and the trade bill this week, before arguing how business can operate.

Remain-supporting Conservatives were angry at the speed with which she caved into ERG pressure and could stage their own rebellion on Tuesday on a Trade Bill.

She told MPs: "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".

The Brexit Secretary said that the European Union is "slow and not very effective" and warned that Britain benefits the least from its current free trade with Brussels. He told MPs that the issue "has got much more hard since becoming politicised" but was "eminently soluble".

Labour sought to exploit the open Tory divisions.



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