Theresa May has warned Tory MPs they will undermine her negotiating position with the EU if they rebel on key Brexit legislation
Theresa May warns Conservative rebels they’ll undermine Brexit talks (Sky News). The PM is telling potential Tory rebels they will undermine negotiations with the EU if they back peers’ changes to a key bill. May has warned Tory MPs they will undermine her negotiating position with the EU if they rebel on key Brexit legislation.
Ahead of the EU Withdrawal Bill’s return to the House of Commons on Tuesday, Theresa May warned Conservative backbenchers against allowing House of Lords amendments to the legislation to stand.
Pro-Remain Tories are considering whether to vote in favour of peers’ changes to the bill, in order to force the changes on the government.
They are most likely to back the House of Lords’ demand for ministers to stay open to negotiating a customs union with the EU, and on a call for a beefed-up „meaningful vote” for parliament on the final Brexit deal.
Pro-EU MPs want a customs union in order to avoid friction in trade, but Brexiteers fear it would imperil the UK’s ability to sign independent trade deals with non-EU countries.
Addressing a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee of Tory MPs in parliament on Monday night, Theresa May said: „We must think about the message parliament will send to the EU this week.
„I am trying to negotiate the best deal for Britain. I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the EU which is as frictionless as possible.
„But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined.”