Defence minister resigns as crucial Brexit vote clears Commons


A cross-party group of MPs have tabled amendments to Monday's bill - the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, also known as the customs bill - seeking a new customs union with the EU.

A special ERG whipping operation, using the WhatsApp messaging service, has been created by Steve Baker, a former Brexit minister who resigned from the government last week, although ERG insiders would not put a number on how many they expected to rebel in the Commons.

So as I suggested earlier looked likely to happen, Theresa May seems to have capitulated and accepted all the rebel Brexiter ERG amendments to the Customs Bill.

The defence procurement minister Guto Bebb resigned at the door to the voting lobbies to oppose the amendment.

Government sources confirmed that parliament will, on Tuesday, vote on whether to allow MPs to start their six week leave five days ahead of schedule, according to the Telegraph's Christopher Hope.

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Eurosceptics have rallied support against the Mrs May's plan agreed at Chequers as they build up their campaign against plans to retain European Union regulations on goods and agriculture. Hammond told MPs: "This does not undermine the bill, it keeps it on the road".

The amendments undercut parts of May's Chequers agreement, a plan for Britain's exit from the European Union that some lawmakers said watered down Britain's future independence.

There is mounting pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May coming from both sides of the Brexit debate.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said May faced the choice of rewriting her Brexit plans or splitting the Conservatives and scraping through on the back of opposition votes.

"The Tory government is riding roughshod over the Scottish Parliament's voice on Brexit".

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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.

Supporters of the amendment, however, indicated it may not be moved to a vote on Monday night, partly because Remain-supporting Conservatives do not want to undermine the prime minister when she is vulnerable on her right flank.

Under the Article 50 withdrawal procedure, the United Kingdom has the right to ask for an extension of the talks, but the EU-27 unanimously need to agree to continue the negotiations.

It is with a great deal of sadness that I have tendered my resignation as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury.

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