May goes down to four-vote defeat over post-Brexit medicines regulation

  • May goes down to four-vote defeat over post-Brexit medicines regulation

May goes down to four-vote defeat over post-Brexit medicines regulation

Are we heading to a no-deal scenario?

The Government said it would "revisit" the EMA amendment when it comes before the House of Lords.

This time, it was pro-EU legislators from both May's Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party who tried to derail the prime minister's plans for post-Brexit trade relations with the EU.

The vote, by a margin of 305-301, came amid desperate Government efforts to fend off defeat on a second amendment to its flagship Trade Bill, which would require her to try to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. "The Bill is an important part of preparing for the world after Brexit and I would have thought that all colleagues would respect the fact that we need to get those preparations in place whilst having this important negotiation to make sure that our trading arrangement can continue to support prosperity in the future".

Mizuho currency strategist Sireen Harajli said although this crucial win was a short-term positive for the pound, it is a medium-term negative because "this means that the United Kingdom will put forth a hard-Brexit plan which could make negotiations with the European Union more difficult".

Theresa May and Business Secretary, Greg Clark (right), arrive at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire. A vote of no confidence will be held if 48 or more are submitted.

But her plan so far has pleased very few, deepening those divisions in her Conservative Party that have so far hampered progress in talks with the European Union, and triggering a bitter war of words between its Brexit-supporting and pro-EU factions.

We talk to David Davis, who resigned from the cabinet over the Prime Minister's Chequers blueprint, Tory Remainer Antoinette Sandbach, and Tory Brexiteer Desmond Swayne.

Frank Field, Kate Hoey, John Mann and Graham Stringer - (plus now suspended Kelvin Hopkins) joined the majority of Tories in the voting lobby to defeat the customs union amendment, "New Clause 18". "There is not going to be a second referendum under any circumstances".

"The compromise plan that we have from Chequers doesn't achieve any of those".

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".

"It shows what chaos this government is in".

He was speaking ahead of a meeting in Brussels on Monday with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier. "This is simply not good enough".

Britain's departure from the European Union is scheduled to begin in March, with the transition lasting through 2020.

However, The Daily Telegraph was slightly less sanguine, saying "the impact of the vote will become clear in the coming days, but the bad feeling among Conservative MPs is unlikely to subside after this".