May defeats rebels over plans to remain in EU customs union

May bows to Brexit pressure in parliament

Prime Minister fends off challenge to Brexit customs plans by just six votes

As Theresa May's government continues to reel over its divisive plan to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union, the Prime Minister has rejected the idea of a second vote that would give the British people another say before the country officially hits the exits in March 2019.

This time, it was pro-EU lawmakers from both May's Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party who tried to derail the prime minister's plans for post-Brexit trade relations with the EU.

Theresa May came within six votes of the possible collapse of her government as MPs narrowly rejected an amendment to trade legislation that could have forced the United Kingdom to stay in the EU customs union.

Government sources confirmed that parliament will, on Tuesday, vote on whether to allow MPs to start their six week leave five days ahead of schedule, according to the Telegraph's Christopher Hope.

The move is likely to outrage many members of the public concerned about the divisions over Brexit and ticking clock counting down to exit day.

Mrs May went down to defeat on a separate amendment to her flagship Trade Bill, which will require her to seek continued United Kingdom participation in the EU's system for regulation of medicines after Brexit.

"It will be the confident first step that the United Kingdom takes in establishing itself as an independent trading nation", he added.

The former Brexit secretary made his first speech since resigning from the Government over its white paper detailing its desired European Union withdrawal plan, as ministers struggled to keep tensions in check. The bill now moves on to the House of Lords.

"Very significant defeat of govt tonight on European medicines regulation amendment".

MPs backed an amendment by 305 votes to 301 that would keep the United Kingdom in the European medicines regulatory network.

Labour's spokesman on trade, Barry Gardiner, described the scene in Parliament "an utter shambles".

After the turmoil of the past 24 hours, it's hard to see how the Prime Minister can salvage the deal.

There is mounting pressure on May coming from both sides of the Brexit debate.

The North Cornwall MP had campaigned to leave the European Union before the referendum and in no analogy whatsoever is otherwise notable for being rescued from the sea by a Conservative colleague after he jumped in, too embarrassed to admit that he did not know how to swim.

David Davis quit as Brexit minister and Boris Johnson stepped down as foreign minister last week over May's Brexit blueprint, which would keep Britain economically close to the EU. The undeclared spending meant the campaign group exceeded the 7 million-pound legal spending limit by nearly 500,000 pounds. She said she and other senior Tory lawmakers favour a new vote. "Its validity is now in question". The mood on the Tory back benches during the debate was ugly, rancorous and at times vicious: the most savage blue on blue attacks for some time.

Whistleblowers had alleged that Brexit campaigners paid Aggregate IQ to send targeted ads and that their actions may have unfairly influenced the referendum's outcome.

Wollaston also argues that had Dominic Cummings, the campaign director of Vote Leave, not received help from Canadian analyst firm AggregateIQ, the result of the referendum would have been different to the result already seen.

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