MP declares no confidence in Theresa May over European Union withdrawal plans

London Mayor Boris Johnson delivers'Vote Leave speech in Dartford Kent Britain 11 March 2016

London Mayor Boris Johnson delivers'Vote Leave speech in Dartford Kent Britain 11 March 2016

He added: 'All it shows is that, while the vehicle is careering towards the Brexit cliff-edge, senior Conservatives are fighting over what song to play on the stereo.' The prime minister wasn't even in the Commons to hear the address because she was answering questions about Brexit to a committee of MPs.

But there was no guarantee that the issue of retaining a form of customs union - which pro-EU MPs see as vital to preserving industrial and commercial supply chains - would not resurface. According to him, May may be forced to call another election in months if the wing that fervently supports Brexit in her party does not compromise the conditions for Britain to leave the European Union.

The eurosceptic Conservatives say May's plans to keep close trade ties with the European Union after Brexit betray the majority of voters who opted in 2016 for a clean break with the bloc.

During her meeting with the Commons liaison committee, Mrs May said Brexit "continues to mean Brexit" and repeated her claim that no deal with Brussels was better than a bad deal.

At a session of parliament, May stood firm after being challenged by one pro-Brexit lawmaker in her party to explain when she had chose to change her catchphrase from "Brexit means Brexit", to "Brexit means Remain".

A vote of confidence would not automatically bring down May's government, even if May lost the vote among her MPs.

In the past 48 hours, the government has narrowly won a series of votes on trade and customs arrangements despite substantial rebellions by pro-European Tories.

The Department for International Trade said Britain was always seeking to be part of the medicines framework.

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Johnson, figurehead of the Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, urged May to change her Brexit strategy in a scathing assessment of the government's handling of the negotiations.

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 her Conservative Party at war with itself.

He said: "The margin is closing on these votes and we will keep at it".

Anna Soubry, a former cabinet minister who supports close ties with the European Union, told the BBC: "I don't think that she's in charge anymore".

The ex-foreign secretary said the government had become "lost in a fog of self-doubt" during his first speech to MPs since he resigned last week.

The pound strengthened as May's spokesman told reporters she would press ahead with the plan agreed with her Cabinet on Friday to maintain tight links to the bloc in order to protect vital business interests.

"I can't remember anything quite like this".

Despite this week's legislative successes, two former British prime ministers spoke out Tuesday about the divisive impact of Brexit.

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