British PM accepts key amendments from hardline Brexiteers

British PM accepts key amendments from hardline Brexiteers

British PM accepts key amendments from hardline Brexiteers

British Prime Minister Theresa May drew fire from all sides on Monday (Jul 16) over her Brexit strategy as a former minister described it as a "fudge" and called for a second European Union referendum while eurosceptics readied a parliamentary challenge.

The amendment would have forced the Government to adopt a negotiating objective of seeking to keep the United Kingdom in "a customs union" with the EU after Brexit, unless it has managed to negotiate a "frictionless free trade area for goods" by January 21 next year.

The former Brexit secretary was responding to an appeal by former minister Justine Greening who suggested the PM should call a second referendum on leaving the EU.

But by hardening the language to emphasise that the future collection of duties and taxes by Britain and the European Union be on a reciprocal basis, some lawmakers feared that Brexit supporters may have made May's plan less sellable to the bloc.

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

The pro-EU faction was furious that, earlier in the week, May's government had made a number of concessions to the Brexit-supporting faction.

The Chequers agreement, which is only a starting point for negotiations with the European Union, has already led to the resignations of her Brexit minister David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and the eurosceptic faction say it has to change.

She added: "I have always said I'm in this for the long term".

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But the suggestion that MPs take extra time off during one of the most critical - and busiest - periods in recent parliamentary history has gone down badly even among members of her own party.

The battle over the amendments to the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, or customs bill, is unlikely to be the last that May and her team will have to face.

The former minister Stephen Hammond, who tabled the new clause along with his fellow remainer rebel Nicky Morgan, rejected the compromise, insisting that the government instead accept his plan and water it down later.

Pro-EU Tory Phillip Lee, who quit as a minister over Brexit, condemned any thought of an earlier break as "shameful" at a "crucial time".

"I suspect the Chequers deal is, in fact, dead", Conservative lawmaker Bernard Jenkin told the BBC.

On Monday, Brexit supporters targeted the government's so-called customs bill, hoping to toughen up her plans.

The prime minister's office defended the government's decision, saying that it was still consistent with the previous government policy.

But he said the Conservatives had "lost the plot" over Europe, and accused Mr Thomson and his colleagues of making "the worst possible kind of Brexit" more likely.

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