North Cornwall MP Scott Mann resigns over Theresa May's Chequers Brexit plan

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 17, 2018

Theresa May faces a damaging Commons defeat on Tuesday as Labour confirmed it would back an amendment put down by rebel Tory MPs seeking to ensure Britain remains in a customs union after Brexit.

"They do not change that Chequers agreement and the minister from the despatch box later today will be making that clear".

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.

A government spokesperson said on Monday that May had agreed to accept all amendments, as the government believed they were "consistent" with the prime minister's Brexit plan, agreed at Chequers last week.

Facing defeat because of opposition from dozens of pro-Brexit MPs, the government agreed to changes, including a clause to toughen conditions over customs arrangements and another to ensure the United Kingdom is out of the EU's Value-Added Tax system.

The hardliner amendments of several dozen MPs from the European Research Group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, basically kill off all of May's proposals in the white paper that meant to create workable solutions for both the United Kingdom and the EU.

"It's nothing more than a shameless attempt to evade scrutiny by a government in absolute disarray", said opposition lawmaker Matthew Pennycook, a member of the Labour Party's Brexit policy team. Whatever the proposal on the table, there will be MPs who vote it down.

Some 14 Tory rebels voted against the Government-backed Tory Eurosceptic new clause 36, which prevents the United Kingdom collecting tariffs on behalf of the European Union unless the European Union agrees to collect them for the UK.

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Tory MP and Remainer Heidi Allen said she wished the prime minister had "faced down the amendments".

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.

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

Brexiteers had set up a WhatsApp group to co-ordinate voting tactics, organised by ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker, who quit over the Chequers plan.

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury on Monday morning.

Greening, who resigned after the cabinet reshuffle in January, said the referendum should offer a first and second preference vote so that a consensus can be reached.

Tuesday's vote will be on the trade bill, which is focused on converting trade deals between the European Union and third countries into bilateral deals with Britain.

Brexit negotiations officially began in June 2017 and are expected to be completed by the end of March 2019.

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