UK PM May narrowly avoids defeat in parliament on European Union trade laws

Just a year ago, Boris Johnson - who resigned as Foreign Secretary earlier this month over the PM's Brexit plan - boasted that the government had no plan for "no deal" because it was going to secure "a great deal".

6pm 1922 Committee - This influential group of Tory backbench MPs can be vocal and hard for their leaders.

The bad-tempered exchanges between the two leaders came after Ms Jenkyns asked: "Can the Prime Minister inform the House at what point it was decided that Brexit means Remain?"

In a letter to voters in his Shipley constituency, obtained by the Yorkshire Post, Mr Davies said that Mrs May's Chequers' plan for Brexit was "unacceptable". "We have time in these negotiations, We have changed tack once and we can do it again".

In the afternoon, Mrs May will appear before a House of Commons committee to answer questions on her Brexit strategy.

In the last few days, the Prime Minister has reneged on promises made to the European Union in terms of the "Irish backstop" and supported amendments which have undermined her own Brexit White Paper, published only last week.

"We have got a mission in government and it is serious".

Mr Baker, rising to huge cheers from Tory backbenchers, said: "It is in the national interest that we should have and have implemented contingency plans for the unwanted eventuality of exiting the European Union with nothing agreed".

"What should have become clear to (May) is that the Chequers proposals are completely untenable with our (party) membership in the country and the electorate", Andrew Bridgen, a Conservative pro-Brexit lawmaker, told Reuters.

"Mr Speaker, it is not too late to save Brexit", declared Johnson.

After narrowly escaping defeat in parliament over her plans for leaving the EU, May signalled she would not drop a proposal on Britain's future relationship with bloc - the biggest shift in its foreign and trade policy for nearly half a century.

In two votes in the United Kingdom parliament this week, the latest on Tuesday night, May only just avoided defeat at the hands of pro-EU members of her party.

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

Mrs May will also try to rally her deeply divided Parliamentary party as she addresses a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers.

While the House of Commons debates these texts, the European Commission is analyzing the plan for future trade and customs relations it received from the United Kingdom government, the survival of which depends largely on the response from Brussels.

A Conservative MP has turned on his Prime Minister - Conservative leader Theresa May, submitting a "no confidence" letter.

The close shave was May's third this week as she presents legislation on one of the most important and divisive decisions in modern British history with only a minority government, and a Conservative party at war with itself.

  • Wendy Palmer