May goes down to four-vote defeat over post-Brexit medicines regulation

May bows to Brexit pressure in parliament

"There is not going to be a second referendum... under any circumstances", the spokesman told reporters.

On Tuesday, they vote on the Trade Bill - the one May's government is most anxious about. It twice survived by just three votes after a backlash from pro-EU Tories who accused Theresa May of "caving in" to the party's Eurosceptic MPs. However, a further test lies ahead immediately when MPs debate a trade bill on Tuesday.

The Trade Bill is focused on converting trade deals between the European Union and third countries into bilateral deals with Britain.

The former minister Stephen Hammond, who tabled the new clause along with his fellow remainer rebel Nicky Morgan, rejected the compromise, insisting that the government instead accept his plan and water it down later.

Mr Hollingbery, moving the Government's amendments to the Bill, said: "I recognise that members are seeking reassurance that the government will be transparent about the content of these transitioned agreements and what might need to change to deliver this continuity that we have championed for so long". "It's the worst of both worlds", she wrote in The Times.

On July 12, the government published its long-anticipated White Paper on the UK's post-Brexit relations with the EU.

Tory former minister Jonathan Djanogly, who tabled amendments created to curb ministerial powers in the Bill, welcomed the government's amendments and said he would support them.

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In the preceding vote, the government had fallen to only its second defeat on Brexit in the Commons, as MPs voted by 305 to 301 for continued United Kingdom involvement in the EU's regulatory system for medicines.

The "Brexiteers" were angry that May's Chequers agreement - a plan for a Brexit strategy hatched at May's official country residence 10 days ago - envisaged a close future relationship with the EU.

The amendment from Conservative MP Philip Lee, who resigned from the government in protest over Brexit, requires the government to seek continued United Kingdom participation in the EU medicines regulations involving the European Medicines Agency.

Former Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins who now sits as an independent also supported the government on one of the amendments.

Lawmakers in the House of Commons voted 317 to 286 in favor of the trade legislation, which is focused on converting trade deals between the European Union and third countries into bilateral deals with Britain.

After a day of tense negotiations between whips and rebel Tory MPs, matters were looking grim. It said it objected to the amendment because it requires the government to take "all necessary steps" to join, while the government wants to join only if it can negotiate reasonable terms.

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