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United Kingdom government dealt another Brexit defeat in parliament

United Kingdom government dealt another Brexit defeat in parliament”

Downing St insists Britain will quit the customs union despite several reports claiming Mrs May is ready to compromise with Brussels on the issue.

The House of Lords voted 316 to 245 on Monday in favor of an amendment to the government's so-called European Union (Withdrawal) Bill that would ensure the bulk of EU rules on political, social and economic rights are written into British law after Brexit.

A spokesperson for the Brexit department said: "We are disappointed that the House of Lords has voted for this amendment in spite of the assurances we have provided".

Environment Secretary Michael Gove tweeted yesterday that "the referendum vote was clear - we need to take back control of trade - that means leaving the protectionist customs union".

However, Mrs May said she wants to leave the trade regime, claiming the United Kingdom can make better trade agreements with countries such as the U.S. and Australia outside the bloc. The newspaper reported that May's office believed Fox and Johnson would quit rather than accept staying in the European Union customs arrangement, but that other euroskeptics such as Gove would remain.

Lord Keen said that to suggest acts of parliament should be capable of being "struck down by reference to a body of foreign law" would be "one of the greatest constitutional outrages since 1689".

Remainer MPs hope that Irish and EU negotiators will hold out for a solution to the Border issue that keeps the whole of the United Kingdom in a customs union.

It was one of two options outlined to minimise friction on the Irish border and allow Britain to pursue trade deals with third-parties during her address. "I've heard many times the prime minister say that it is our policy to leave the Single Market and Customs Union".

Rees-Mogg believes that after leaving the union, the United Kingdom should phase out all tariffs, in order to reduce consumer prices and stimulate competition.

Mr Umunna said on Twitter: 'The Brextremists threaten May with a leadership election if she concedes on the customs union but a new Tory leader would face the same parliamentary arithmetic'.

Those in favour of remaining in the customs union argue that cutting trading ties would severely damage the United Kingdom economy. May could threaten to ask parliament to call an election if she loses a vote on the customs union, or she could threaten to resign.

Lord Keen warned that to incorporate the whole of the charter into United Kingdom law would do "serious damage" to the constitutional settlement post-Brexit. They argue this is the only way of avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.



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