Thursday, 19 July, 2018

DUP to back Theresa May over Brexit amendments

Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has issued a joint statement with Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has issued a joint statement with Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith
Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 13:09

"I am incredibly sad to have had to announce my resignation as a minister in Her Majesty's government so that I can better speak up for my constituents and country over how Brexit is now being delivered", Mr Lee said on Twitter.

"But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined".

The bill underpins the government's Brexit strategy.

Theresa May has suffered her first ministerial resignation over Brexit as she was condemned for offering a "fake choice" between a bad deal and no-deal at all.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said on Monday morning she was "minded" to defy party orders and back the meaningful vote amendment.

In a statement, he added: "I am incredibly sad to have had to announce my resignation as a minister in Her Majesty's government so that I can better speak up for my constituents and country over how Brexit is now being delivered".

Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the Government would "look very carefully" at the amendment, which is being tabled by former Cabinet Ministers Oliver Letwin and Nicky Morgan.

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Yet, the Labour camp is split on the Brexit issue between pro-Leave MPs ready to vote with the government, and rebels who've come out against their own party's amendment to support the country's membership in the European Economic Area.

The meaningful vote amendment is where the government is most likely to be defeated in votes on up 15 amendments taking place today and on Wednesday.

The Edinburgh South MP added that he was "confident we can smooth some of the particularly rough edges" of the Withdrawal Bill, and
said he believed there were enough Conservative rebels to keep the United Kingdom in the customs union.

Justice minister Dr Phillip Lee has resigned from Theresa May's government just hours before a series of crunch votes on amendments to the prime minister's flagship Brexit legislation.

She also insisted that "further concessions" were needed on the customs union amendment.

The MP for Bracknell, who has been a minister since 2016, said the government's Brexit strategy was "detrimental" to the British people.

Mr Clarke had urged the rebels to hold their nerve.

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