Tory MP urges vote of no confidence in Theresa May over Brexit

West Oxfordshire MP resigns from government over Brexit plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly avoided a defeat in parliament at the hands of pro-EU lawmakers from her own party on Tuesday, fending off a rebellion that had threatened to deepen the crisis over her Brexit strategy.

The MP's partner, Esther McVey, is the welfare secretary.

Johnson, who was the figurehead of the Vote Leave campaign, warned the government not to "make the fatal mistake of underestimating the intelligence of the public", who he claimed would understand that the deal the prime minister is proposing is "Brexit in name only".

After avoiding the damaging defeat, the PM now faces a potentially hard session of Prime Minister's Questions and an appearance in front of the Liaison Committee of senior MPs on Wednesday.

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She defended her proposals as "the right package", saying: "We're delivering on what people voted for".

Their significance was highlighted in a surprise defeat for the government on only their second piece of Brexit legislation, with MPs voting 305 to 301 on a rebel amendment that would lead to the United Kingdom remaining under European Union medicines regulation.

Davies was quoted in the Yorkshire Post as saying many people had told him they had lost trust in May to "properly and fully deliver the referendum result".

Parliament voted 305 to 301 in favour of amendment New Clause 17 (NC17) to the Trade Bill, which was submitted by Conservative MP for Bracknell, Phillip Lee.

'Failure to keep our promise to the electorate will nearly certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister and I can not sit back and allow that to happen, ' he wrote.

She would need to win the votes of more than half the Tories' 316 MPs to survive.

He said the bright certainties that followed the 20-16 Brexit vote have disappeared.

But if she won a confidence vote, she could not be challenged in this way again for another year.

Johnson insisted there was still time to adjust and that the country must do so because much was at stake.

Dismissing concerns from Brussels and Dublin over the Irish border, Mr Johnson called on the Prime Minister to return to the "glorious" plans she set out in a speech at Lancaster House a year ago - "a strong, independent self-governing Britain that is genuinely open to the world, not the miserable permanent limbo of Chequers".

"If we get distracted by individual amendments to individual pieces of legislation. then I think we get dragged into an unnecessary debate that wastes a lot of time and energy", Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told state broadcaster RTE.

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