Defence minister resigns as crucial Brexit vote clears Commons

May bows to Brexit pressure in parliament

Despite her party being in turmoil, it is possible that Theresa May will be able to make it to the summer break unscathed.

Amid the chaos, former Brexit minister David Davis urged fellow Tory MPs to support Theresa May's customs bill in the Commons today.

The customs bill (officially known as the Brexit-linked Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill) cleared the Commons after MPs gave it a third reading by 318 votes to 285 - majority 33. Critics say the move is a bid by a government to escape the prospect of more rebellions in the Conservative Party.

"This could lead to a damaging and disorderly Brexit", she wrote.

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury on Monday morning. He said that he had taken the "very hard decision" to resign "to express discontent" in votes.

Or at least that is what well-placed sources tell me. It was dedicated to "global Britain", the slogan or theme of his two years at the Foreign Office.

A spokesperson for Theresa May reiterated the leader's belief that her plan for leaving the European Union was the only way to get a deal that meets the government's needs.

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Around 40 Tory MPs have reportedly already submitted a letter to the party leadership calling for a vote of no confidence.

Increasingly visible figures such as Jacob Rees-Mogg have branded the prime minister's approach to Brexit negotiations "hopeless" and accused her of allowing too much ground to Brussels.

The former Brexit secretary was responding to an appeal by former minister Justine Greening who suggested the PM should call a second referendum on leaving the EU.

The report stage of the bill will also see MPs debate a long-awaited amendment that would keep the United Kingdom in the EU customs union post-Brexit that is supported by Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and two Tory Remainers, Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke.

She has framed her plan as a compromise avoiding the need for a hard border in Ireland while maintaining "frictionless" European Union trade and allowing the United Kingdom to negotiate free trade deals. He said he did not expect the bill, or another bill on trade due to be debated on Tuesday, to be blocked outright by the 650-member parliament.

Asked if Labour would back May's Brexit blueprint, the main opposition party's deputy leader Tom Watson told Sky News television: "We've not decided our voting position on the legislation that would enable it, but in its current form it's not good enough".

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