'Theresa May has issued a final plea to Conservative Brexit rebels not to undermine her negotiating clout with Brussels by voting against the government on the EU withdrawal bill as it returns to the House of Commons on Tuesday.
The prime minister faces a knife-edge result on an amendment to give parliament a meaningful vote on the final deal as Tory remainers threatened to support the change, brought in by peers, and Labour rallied all but its most pro-Brexit MPs behind it.
Several leading Tory rebels told the Guardian they were not yet satisfied with the changes proposed by ministers on the meaningful vote, despite senior government figures saying they were confident of getting them through.
However, a damaging potential government defeat over the customs union was averted after Downing Street sources said they would back an alternative amendment on the proposal for “a” customs union, tabled by backbenchers Nicky Morgan, a remainer, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiter.
The controversial issue, which has threatened to divide the Tory party, has now been kicked down the road until two trade bills, which contain amendments that would keep the UK’s current customs arrangements with the EU, return to the Commons in July. One Tory MP warned that the “big battle” was yet to come.'
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