Brexit: Tory MP calls for European Union referendum rerun

Marsha Scott
July 18, 2018

MPs will carry on debating Brexit on Tuesday when the Trade Bill comes to the Commons.

MPs are expected to vote later on calls by pro-European Tories for the United Kingdom to stay in a customs union if there is no trade agreement by 21 January 2019.

May's spokesman said the changes to the bill, formally called the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, did little more than put government policy into law.

Theresa May has defeated a rebel Tory move which could have forced her to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

Remainer Conservative MPs will try to soften the UK's Brexit policy with their own amendments to a key piece of Brexit legislation, the customs bill.

However, Labour is understood to have instructed its MPs to vote against the move and several pro-European Tories have already indicated they will oppose any attempt to cut short the term with so much work to do on Brexit.

Media in London speculated Monday night that government managers are planning to introduce measures to bring forward the parliamentary summer recess to this Thursday to avert a leadership challenge, at least until the fall. Any final deal with the European Union will also require ratification by a bitterly split parliament.

Justine Greening, an ex-Education Secretary who quit the government in January, said May's negotiating strategy would neither please those who wanted a clean break with the European Union nor those who opposed Brexit altogether.

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They and other eurosceptic Conservatives say the plan to keep close trade ties with the European Union - which is only a starting point for a second phase of talks with Brussels - betrays her promise of a clean break with the 27-nation bloc after Brexit.

"We can't rely on anything", said Warren East, CEO of United Kingdom engine maker Rolls Royce, who said his firm could start stockpiling parts soon if it looked like Britain was heading towards a disorderly exit from the EU.

May had to fight hard to get the agreement of Cabinet ministers at her Chequers country residence earlier this month for her vision for Britain's future ties with the EU.

May's vulnerability in parliament, where she lost her party's majority in an ill-judged election previous year, was also laid bare on Monday when her decision to accept demands of hardline pro-Brexit lawmakers stirred a revolt among those who want to keep the closest possible ties in the EU.

In particular, the paper will propose to the European Union that a new free trade area for goods is drawn up, to "protect the uniquely integrated supply chains.and the jobs and livelihoods dependent on them, [therefore] ensuring businesses on both sides can continue operating through their current value and supply chains".

"We can't please everybody".

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told parliament the government´s future trade bill was "an important bill providing continuity and stability".

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