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British prime minister survives another key Brexit vote Europe 08:09

14 June 2018

However, other bills on trade and customs are due to come before the House of Commons in the next few weeks, and rebels are preparing to challenge May's plans again.

The European Union Withdrawal Bill, a complex piece of legislation meant to disentangle Britain from four decades of EU rules and regulations, has had a rocky ride through Parliament. Given that after November 30, the House of Commons looks set to be empowered in the negotiations, it would not be in Barnier's interest to negotiate a harder form of Brexit before the U.K.'s self-imposed deadline.

Yet this week's marathon Brexit debate have Labour members of Parliament concerned about their Brexit-voting electorates - and pro-European lawmakers frustrated by Corbyn's euroskeptic history - airing frustrations in full view.

A member of Theresa May's government has resigned ahead of a key Parliamentary debate on legislation regarding Britain's departure from the European Union. "It's not practical, it's not desirable and it's not appropriate", Davis said.

The UK government is talking about a backstop agreement too, but it is referring to what customs arrangement could be put in place for the whole of the UK until a new post-Brexit customs deal is up and operational.

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Lawmakers were told to back that amendment rather than one on the EEA, an order some pro-EU Labour politicians said they would defy.

Some MPs believe this will force May to effectively stay within the single market and customs union after Brexit.

May hopes to resolve the border issue with a wider trade deal between the European Union and Britain, but has agreed to the need for a plan B if this is delayed or does not happen.

Details of the government's commitment will have to be formalized next week in a new amendment to the bill.

Speaking after the resignations, Corbyn thanked the five for their work in his team, adding: "I understand the difficulties MPs representing constituencies which voted strongly for Leave or Remain have on the EEA amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill".

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The UK parliament passed an amendment to the European Union withdrawal Bill which commits Theresa May to avoid a hard border or any new "checks and controls" between Northern Ireland and the Republic. A paper laying out the UK government position, due to be published this month, has been delayed because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

Remain-backing former minister Anna Soubry insisted that Mrs May had agreed at Tuesday's meeting to discuss all elements of Mr Grieve's amendment - including the measure to allow MPs to take control of the process if no Brexit deal is struck by February. Pro-Brexit tabloid the Sun warned lawmakers on Tuesday's front page that they had a choice: "Great Britain or great betrayal".

"This is a bleak day for human rights in the United Kingdom and undoubtedly today's vote leaves people poorer in terms of protections after Brexit".

"He likened us to people who voted for the death penalty and he said that Parliament had to save the people". "We hope for support from all wings of the party when we bring forward Brexit policy", a government source said.

Mr Blackford hit back at the Scottish Secretary, saying he "should be there to defend Scotland's interests and he has sat back and did nothing to defend the interests of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people, he should be utterly ashamed of himself".

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British prime minister survives another key Brexit vote Europe 08:09