PM hit by fresh resignation in knife-edge Commons Brexit vote
Theresa May had to rely on the support of Labour MPs on a controversial proposal.
Theresa May has been hit by a fresh ministerial resignation as she scraped through crucial Brexit votes hours after “caving in” to Eurosceptic demands.
The Prime Minister saw off defeat by just three votes on one proposal with defence minister Guto Bebb voting against the Government, effectively quitting his frontbench role.
Mrs May bowed to Brexiteer demands earlier to stem a threatened uprising on the Customs Bill.
But the string of concessions infuriated Conservative Remainers, who refused to back the amendments to the legislation.
I’ll be with you Heidi. Having made great strides with her #Brexit #WhitePaper to meet the needs of business, the PM has allowed it to be wrecked by caving in to the hard no deal Brexiteers. Seems Jacob Rees Mogg is running Britain.— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) July 16, 2018
Some 14 Tory rebels voted against the Government-backed Tory Eurosceptic new clause 36, which prevents the UK collecting tariffs on behalf of the EU unless the EU agrees to collect them for the UK.
Mrs May inched through with the support of three Labour MPs.