UK PM urged to tear up her Brexit plan

West Oxfordshire MP resigns from government over Brexit plan

Shipley MP Philip Davies said he had been contacted by members and voters in his constituency about the Prime Minister's Chequers plan for a "common rulebook" with the European Union on goods and agri-goods, and it was "clear that many people are concerned by this".

In his first speech to the House of Commons since resigning last week, the leading eurosceptic repeated his criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for close economic ties.

But the pro-EU lawmakers lost Tuesday by six votes - 307 to 301.

That followed a tumultuous week that saw foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis both resign in protest over Mrs May's painfully constructed Brexit plan, claiming Mrs May was failing to deliver the clean break from the European Union the public voted for in the 2016 European Union referendum.

She won the votes on a customs and a trade bill, but suffered an unexpected defeat on a separate amendment, which means her government must now seek continued participation in the European medicines regulatory framework.

Conservative MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May's leadership, saying that he has "lost trust" in her ability to deliver Brexit.

Under the new United Kingdom trade bill, as things now stand, MPs in the Commons would only have the power to continually delay the passing of a trade treaty, but not veto or amend it.

"We can't rely on anything", said Warren East, CEO of United Kingdom engine maker Rolls Royce, who said his firm could start stockpiling parts soon if it looked like Britain was heading towards a disorderly exit from the EU.


"Brexit continues to mean Brexit", May said to cheers from her Conservative supporters.

Junior Defense Minister Guto Bebb, who'd supported May's initial plan, objected to the new plan and also resigned.

Johnson said that since then, Britain had "dithered" and "burned through negotiating capital" and allowed the Northern Irish border issue "to become so politically charged as to dominate the debate".

Johnson suggested it was a vision May herself had shared before the "fog of self-doubt had descended".

He signalled that "the problem is not that we've failed to make a free trade agreement, the problem is that we haven't tried".

She faces grillings from the Opposition, her own MPs, a possible "Geoffrey Howe" moment from Boris Johnson - and, to cap it all, drinks this evening with Britain's political news reporters.

Explaining that the two states already have the same rules and laws, the Tory MP told the BBC: "The only reason we wouldn't come to a free and open agreement is because politics gets in the way of economics".

In a joint statement the chief executives of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the BioIndustry Assocation (BIA), Mike Thompson and Steve Bates, said: "Parliament has sent a clear message that patients and public health should be a top priority for the Government in these negotiations".

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