Former UK Cabinet secretary seeks new Brexit referendum

Brexit Tory MP calls for EU referendum rerun

Mrs May insisted the amendments do not change the blueprint agreed at Chequers.

Supporters of the amendment, however, indicated it may not be moved to a vote on Monday night, partly because Remain-supporting Conservatives do not want to undermine the prime minister when she is vulnerable on her right flank.

May has repeatedly ruled out a second referendum, after Britons voted by 52-48 per cent for Brexit in 2016, but Greening's support for a so-called People's Vote will give the campaign a huge boost.

The amendments relate to trading across UK-EU borders after Brexit.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 but has yet to agree how its final relationship with the bloc will work.

It gives the government the power to build new trade relationships around the world after the United Kingdom leaves the EU, and MPs who support staying in the EU's customs union are seeking to change its wording.

He has become the ninth Tory MP to hand in his resignation in just ten days after David Davis and Boris Johnson resigned last week.

Business Secretary Mr Clark was challenged about the potential revolt on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, often referred to as the customs bill.

On Monday, May gave in to Tory hardliners by accepting four amendments to the bill, underpinned by her Brexit white paper, meant to toughen up her negotiating stance.

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Another change could make the EU's "backstop" on customs impossible by ruling out a border in the Irish Sea. Either because the wording is legally meaningless, or because they can be undone during a vote Parliament must have on a post-Brexit customs arrangement.

"You've got the Chequers deal, you've got national suicide - the WTO option, or you've got the status quo", he said.

"I've put down some amendments and we'll see what support they get", he said on Sunday.

"I'm sure Theresa May does not want to split the Conservative Party and therefore she will find that the inevitable outcome of the parliamentary arithmetic is that she will need to change it (the Brexit policy) to keep the party united", Rees-Mogg said.

The Tory grandee, an arch Eurosceptic, had seized on Soubry's praise of the former Prime Minister. The European Research Group (ERG) - Tory hardline Brexiteers - laid four amendments which the government accepted - and the bill passed.

Some critics even suggested Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG chair, is now actually in charge of Brexit policy rather than Mrs May.

As Ms Soubry praised former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's support of free trade, she was told by former Tory minister Sir Edward Leigh that she "ain't no Margaret Thatcher". I think it was a genuine clever attempt at a compromise that could work.

She also blasted "ideologically driven" colleagues with a "gold-plated pension and inherited wealth" for backing Brexit to the detriment of people's jobs. It could be debated by MPs when the bill returns from the Lords, they added.

European Union leaders urged preparedness for a possible no deal when they agreed at their summit last month to "step up their work on preparedness at all levels and for all outcomes".

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