Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Brexit tensions as Tory rebels back a second referendum

Brexit tensions as Tory rebels back a second referendum

Miss Greening, who backed Theresa May " s Chequers deal last week, said she now believed it to be "unworkable' and voters should be given another say.

In total there have been nine resignations since the prime minister put forward her Brexit vision, although only three of them are particularly important (ministerial), being Johnson, Davis and his deputy Steve Baker.

"Secondly, we're in instant control of all our regulations, our tariff schedules, we can move instantly to do that great trade deal president Trump wants to do with us, we don't have to wait for years for that customs deal to bed down". I think they'll find it very hard to swallow, and when they don't accept it, we must just say, 'right, we're leaving, either you give us a sensible withdrawal agreement... is the European Union mad?

May also came under fire Monday from a former Cabinet minister who called for a new Brexit referendum, an idea immediately rejected by the prime minister's team.

The most talked-about of the four amendments proposes to make it illegal for the British taxman to collect duties for the European Union without reciprocal arrangements, after May proposed that the United Kingdom would collect tariffs on goods heading for the EU after Brexit.

Theresa May has triggered fury from Conservative remainers after caving in to pressure from pro-Brexit Conservative MPs to accept a series of rebel amendments to her customs bill.

On Monday, the other wing of May's Conservative Party - those MPs who want to keep the closest possible ties with the European Union after Brexit - spoke up in the voice of former education minister Justine Greening who called for a second referendum. She added: "I have always said I'm in this for the long term".

Business Secretary Greg Clark pleaded with Jacob Rees-Mogg and his colleagues not to revolt over the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, often referred to as the customs bill.

However, she has told unhappy lawmakers that they needed to back her or risk there being no Brexit at all.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson, in his first public intervention since his resignation last week, appealed for people to take a more positive view of Britain's prospects outside the EU.

"Our proposal sets out the right deal for the United Kingdom - honoring the democratic decision of the British people, protecting the integrity of our precious union, supporting growth, maintaining security and safeguarding British jobs", May said at the opening of the Farnborough Airshow.

Ms Greening, who quit Theresa May's Cabinet in January, said Parliament is "gridlocked" over Brexit and the public should be given another vote that includes the option to remain in the European Union.

"But in practice having looked through the detail now it just won't and I can not see how, going forward, the common rulebook will be workable in practice".

"It's also quite likely to be either rejected by the European Union or more demands will be made upon it so it will be even less acceptable".

A separate soft Brexit amendment, calling for the United Kingdom to remain in the EU customs union, was withdrawn on Monday.

Asked about the chances of success for Mrs May's strategy, Mr Clark told Today: "This is a White Paper that is now the basis of our negotiation".

"I wouldn't put it past them", responded Hartley-Brewer.

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