Theresa May Rejects Idea of Second Brexit Referendum

Theresa May Rejects Idea of Second Brexit Referendum

Theresa May Rejects Idea of Second Brexit Referendum

"The government's aim for an ambitious post-Brexit labour mobility scheme is welcome, but we also need to see the government creating a positive overall migration policy later on this year", chief economist Tej Parikh said.

No 10 concluded that all four amendments were "consistent with the Brexit white paper", a decision that so incensed Tory remainers that they vowed to vote against the amendments in Monday night's Commons debate.

But the early break is likely to spark widespread criticism given that the recess is already scheduled to last for six weeks.

The most important of the four amendments from the ERG, chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg, had been created to frustrate May's compromise proposals over customs arrangements agreed at Chequers and had been initially been opposed by the government until Downing Street made a sudden U-turn in the afternoon.

The Brexiters believed that would kill off the customs plan because they expect Brussels would reject such a measure.

The report stage of the bill will also see MPs debate a long-awaited amendment that would keep the United Kingdom in the EU customs union post-Brexit that is supported by Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and two Tory Remainers, Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke.

The news comes after May caved to her Brexiteer backbench MPs on a series of amendments to the government's plans for a deal with the EU.

"There is no way a government white paper can stipulate that 27 other countries are going to collect our tariffs for us".

Or at least that is what well-placed sources tell me.

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Former education secretary Justine Greening said other senior Conservatives quietly back a second Brexit referendum.

His resignation follows that of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis, as dissatisfaction with Theresa May's Brexit deal proposed at Chequers spreads throughout the government.

"I wanted the prime minister's Chequers agreement to be a workable compromise", she wrote in The Times.

"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".

Business Secretary Greg Clark warned Tory would-be rebels against supporting amendments tabled by arch-Brexiteers, saying they risked harming the country's ability to trade after leaving the European Union.

MPs on all sides of the House will get the chance to vote on the motion tomorrow.

Asked if Labour would back May's Brexit blueprint, the main opposition party's deputy leader Tom Watson told Sky News television: "We've not decided our voting position on the legislation that would enable it, but in its current form it's not good enough".

He told Today: "The amendments are to a Bill that is created to prepare for the world after Brexit, to be able to establish new customs regime that will be necessary".

Eurosceptics believe it keeps Britain too close to the European Union, and Davis, the former Brexit secretary, warned in the Financial Times on Monday it would deny the government the "freedom to run our own economy".

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