Commons passes trade bill, paves way for Brexit

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson listens during a visit to a Metropolitan Police wildlife crime unit in London

"It is not too late to save Brexit", former British foreign minister Boris Johnson said during his resignation speech in the Commons on Wednesday.

The backbencher is one of a small tranche of Labour MPs who favour a hard Brexit approach.

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?"

While praising May's "courage and resilience", Johnson said her Chequers plan would see the United Kingdom in "miserable limbo".

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.

"We have changed tack once and we can change again".

The prospect of continued drama in parliament and doubts over the future of May's "white paper" Brexit plan-which is itself only a starting point for talks with the European Union - is testing the patience of businesses that depend on cross-border trade.

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.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 but has yet to agree how its final relationship with the bloc will work.

The representative for Shipley said he had lost trust that Mrs May would deliver Brexit after the Chequers white paper, which proposes locking the United Kingdom to all European Union (EU) rules on goods and is unpopular with the public.

Commons passes trade bill, paves way for Brexit

"We dithered and burned through our negotiating capital", he said.

The government last night defeated a bid to change it's EU customs union strategy by 307 to 301.

The amendments undercut parts of May's Chequers agreement, a plan for Britain's exit from the European Union that some lawmakers said watered down Britain's future independence.

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".

"We must try now because we will not get another chance to do it right".

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John Major, who lost power in 1997 after years of Conservative dissent over Europe, also backs a second poll and said positions were more "entrenched" today.

The dispute has exposed the deep divisions in May's party and could yet lead to significant challenges to her authority.

If Sir Graham receives letters from 48 MPs - 15% of the parliamentary party - he must call a confidence vote in Mrs May's leadership.

The Prime Minister dismissed the charge before insisting she was seeking a "workable" solution to issues with the EU.

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