United Kingdom lawmakers willing to vote down Brexit deal

Pauline Gross
October 10, 2018

The Conservatives will lose the next election if Theresa May doesn't change her Brexit policy, ex-cabinet minister David Davis has warned in a stinging letter to Tory MPs.

Should the budget not pass a Commons vote it could trigger a confidence motion in the Prime Minister putting her future leadership into question.

Mr Baker told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he was expecting Tory Whips to go to work on the rebels - but that around 40 of them would stand firm against her.

Senior sources within the party told Sky News if Mrs May's breached their "blood red line" they would not vote for the budget on October 29.

However, May has not yet shown the new proposal to Foster, whose party the prime minister depends upon for her Commons majority.

Barnier said customs forms could be completed in advance online and the "only visible systematic checks" would involve scanning bar codes on lorries or containers on ferries or in ports.

In a statement to the Commons updating MPs following a summit of EU leaders in Salzburg last month, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab denied the United Kingdom would stay in the customs union indefinitely, and said the government would "press our case" for an outcome that will "preserve the integrity of the UK".

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Rejection of any kind of special status for Northern Ireland inside the EU customs union by the DUP, which props up Mrs May's government, makes getting a deal through parliament much more challenging. Let's hope that we are going to have a positive end.

One of the key things they have not yet agreed is how to prevent there being new border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is a member of the EU.

She added they should also remember that Parliament gave the British people the decision over Brexit, and following the 2016 referendum result "it is our duty to ensure that we leave".

The UK government has responded to the DUP's position by working on plans for an alternative backstop which would see the whole of the UK remain in the customs union - but that's opposed by some of May's own MPs.

Foster stressed that she wants to reach a Brexit deal and she is staying in Brussels for the next two days in order to try and find a solution that would be acceptable to her.

If 40 of her lawmakers voted against a possible deal, the fate of the government and exit process would depend on the opposition Labour Party, which has indicated it will vote against nearly any deal May might secure.

Davis, who quit the Government in July in protest at the plan, called on May to back a looser arrangement with the European Union, dubbed Canada+++, in order to deliver the "benefits of Brexit".

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