Theresa May’s government defeats Brexit amendments which sought to keep Britain in the single market and enter a customs union with the European Union.
A majority of MPs defeated attempts to turn the prime minister’s Brexit policy on its head.
The government won the EEA/single market amendment with a majority of 201, and the customs union amendment with a majority of 28.
90 Labour MPs rebel against Jeremy Corbyn in the vote on the EEA/single market, while 6 resigned from senior positions immediately before the vote.
The battle over customs is far from over. MPs will vote again on the issue later in the summer.
Yesterday May agreed in principle to give MPs significant powers to shape the Brexit process.
LONDON — Theresa May avoided defeats on key pillars of her Brexit policy after a majority of MPs voted with the UK government to defeat a number of amendments on Wednesday evening.
MPs voted to defeat all amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill which were debated in the House of Commons today, including amendments which sought to keep Britain in the single market and a customs union with the EU.
However, although the prime minister was spared the complication and embarrassment of defeats today, issues like customs are set to be revisited in a few weeks time when more Brexit-related legislation is put to MPs.
Six Labour MPs resigned from senior roles in the party to defy Jeremy Corbyn on the single market vote, in an illustration of it’s not just the Conservatives that are split over the Brexit question. A total of 89 Labour MPs defied Corbyn in the vote on this amendment, making it the party’s biggest Brexit rebellion yet.
The votes tonight followed a dramatic day of politics in Westminster yesterday, when Prime Minister May handed …read more
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