Tory Civil War On Europe Explodes Once More As 'Remain' Minister Quits And Theresa May Avoids Commons Brexit Defeat

Theresa May has narrowly survived a Government defeat on Brexit as the Tory party’s bitter civil war over Europe exploded into life once more with the resignation of a pro-Remain minister.

MPs voted by 305 to 302 to support an amendment to the Trade Bill that seeks to unpick a key plank of the Prime Minister’s plans for a ‘soft’ exit from the EU.

But within minutes of the narrow victory, May was rocked by a fresh resignation, this time of her defence minister Guto Bebb, who voted with Labour to oppose the Government.

Tabled by former minister Priti Patel, the amendment ensures that HM Revenue and Customs would not collect EU countries’ tariffs under a customs partnership, without “a reciprocal arrangement” with Brussels.

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