PM 'to appeal for unity' on Brexit vote

Theresa May could be facing her biggest challenge yet

Theresa May could be facing her biggest challenge yet

The bill returns to the House of Commons with the PM hoping to overturn 15 amendments made by peers in the House of Lords.

The Democratic Unionist Party has said it will be supporting the government in a series of crucial Brexit votes over the next two days at Westminster.

Addressing a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee yesterday evening, the Prime Minister told MPs to consider the signal that would be sent to Brussels if the government was defeated, and
asked potential rebels not to undermine her negotiating position.

This week, British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a moment of truth over Brexit.

Some pro-EU Tories were reported to be backing away from voting against government, over fears that a defeat could prompt a leadership contest and see Mrs May replaced by a far more hard-line Brexiteer.

This would include potentially committing the Government to negotiating a "comprehensive customs arrangement" rather than a customs union.

The United Kingdom is now part of the European Union single market but if London leaves it after Brexit, Britain will have to negotiate new trade deals with its partners, including the United States. I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the European Union which is as frictionless as possible.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn is facing a possible rebellion of his own, with the Labour MP Ian Murray calling on fellow MPs to back a bid to keep the United Kingdom in the single market through membership of the European Economic Area after Brexit.

"There have been lots of meetings, we are keen to engage with all members of the parliamentary party", May's spokesman said.

Analysis of the Labour vote in the 2017 general election published last week has found that Remain voters outnumber pro-EU voters by a factor of more than 2:1.

The current "meaningful vote" offered by the Government allows MPs to accept or reject the Brexit deal, but the proposed change would see MPs take control of the negotiation aims.

The Brexit supporter told LBC radio on Monday that he would not expect people like pro-Remain MP Ken Clarke, who have "strong principles", to change their minds.

"The government's position isn't a position, its a sham to get through the next 48 hours and keep Jacob Rees-Mogg in check".

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