MP declares no confidence in Theresa May over European Union withdrawal plans


Johnson resigned as foreign secretary last week in protest at the Chequers agreement, which he had initially signed up to.

I think it was an honest mistake made by the whips in fast-moving circumstances.

In a joint statement on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and Steve Bates, chief executive of the BioIndustry Association, said that through the vote, parliament had sent a clear message that patients and public health should be a top priority for the government in these negotiations.

Mrs May later defended the Government's acceptance of Brexiteer amendments to key legislation before insisting its "facilitated customs agreement" plan for the European Union has not been abandoned and is being discussed with the EU. "But we will do so in a way that is good for business and good for our future prosperity", May will say, according to advance extracts of her speech.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was put on the spot by one of her MPs, who asked when it was she decided that "Brexit means Remain".

Davies said the plan on trade is "unacceptable" and raised concerns that May being unable to deliver on Brexit negotiations with the European Union would 'almost certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister'.

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In Johnson's view, the government has ceded too much authority to Brussels, pointing specifically to a €40 billion ($61.6 billion Cdn) exit bill Britain agreed to with the EU.

"The result of accepting the EU's rule books... is that we have must less scope to do free trade deals - as the Chequers paper actually acknowledges", he said, and added he was "happy to be able to speak out against it".

During a tense session in Westminster, the Prime Minister thwarted the Tory rebellion by 307 votes to 301, helped by four Labour Brexiteers who cast their ballots against their own party.

"We must try now because we will not get another chance to do it right", he said.

Such plans would allow Britain to do a "bold, ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement not just with the European Union... but also to do new trade deals around the world", he said.

"It is absolute nonsense to imagine, as I fear some of my colleagues do, that we can somehow afford to make a botched treaty now and then break and reset the bone later on", said Johnson.

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Hard Brexit-backing Tory William Rees-Mogg praised Mr Johnson's words as "the speech of a statesman".

"At absolutely no point because BREXIT continues to mean BREXIT", Mrs.

But she did face another day of barbs from MPs on both sides of her divided party.

Johnson said the vision set out by May in her Lancaster House speech in January 2017 for a "strong independent, self-governing Britain" with a focus on having independent trade and regulation had never been turned into a firm negotiating position.

"These nonsenses of threatening general elections, and votes of confidence in the prime minister. bring it on, because I shall be the first in the queue to give my vote of full confidence in the prime minister", Soubry said.

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