There will be no second #Brexit referendum, says May's spokesman

May bows to Brexit pressure in parliament

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 government was forced to abandon a plan to start parliament's summer recess five days early, after opponents criticised it as a ploy to avoid further rows, and members of her own party said they still had work to do. The government was defeated by four votes, 305-301, then won the more important customs vote 307-301. Another pro-EU lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who has led previous efforts to get the government to soften its Brexit stance, said the party needed to accept compromises "or accept that Brexit can not be implemented and think again about what we are doing".

Bill being debated on Monday will be the Tory Brexiteers' first show of strength since the Chequers plan which would keep the United Kingdom closely tied to European Union rules on goods and food.

The comments came as MPs resumed debate of the Trade Bill, which is one of a series of "Brexit Bills" that intend to adjust United Kingdom legislation in preparation for when Britain leaves the EU.

Junior Defense Minister Guto Bebb, who'd supported May's initial plan, objected to the new plan and also resigned. "It's the worst of both worlds".

Facing defeat because of opposition from dozens of pro-Brexit MPs, the government agreed to changes, including a clause to toughen conditions over customs arrangements and another to ensure the United Kingdom is out of the EU's Value-Added Tax system.

But Tory remainers said their proposal was "exactly in line" with the Brexit white paper.

A spokesman for the prime minister said the amendments were "consistent" with the White Paper policy document which developed the Chequers plan.

The amendments undercut parts of May's Chequers agreement, a plan for Britain's exit from the European Union that some lawmakers said watered down Britain's future independence.

In extraordinary scenes, the trade minister George Hollingbery engaged in open negotiations with the customs union rebels from the dispatch box, offering them a Lords amendment for a "customs arrangement" backstop if they backed down.

Labour Brexiteers Frank Field, Kate Hoey, John Mann and Graham Stringer - along with independent Kelvin Hopkins - voted with the Government.

The Government's defeat on medicines regulation is believed to have been secured by a substantial rebellion by pro-EU Tories.

An amendment to the bill put forward by Remain-supporting Tory MPs Stephen Hammond and Nicky Morgan will be put to a vote in the Commons this afternoon.

Shadow Scotland Secretary Lesley Laird said the fact that no Scottish Conservative MPs rebelled against the government meant "Ruth Davidson's pledge that her MPs would stand up for Scotland was nothing short of a lie".

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