Theresa May ‘could face leadership challenge’ from Brexiteers if Britain stays in customs union with the EU

Mail Online | 4/20/2018 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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Theresa May could face a challenge to her leadership of the Conservative Party if she allowed Britain to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit, it is reported.

The PM has been warned that a concession to keep Britain in the 28-member customs union could prompt a series of no-confidence letters to be sent to a backbench chairman and trigger a leadership contest.

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One backbench Tory MP told the website ConservativeHome: 'If there's a cave-in on the customs union, I think there will be a leadership challenge'.

The Government is set to duck a confrontation on the customs union this week, as chief whip Julian Smith said a non-binding vote on the issue would be held on a one-line whip, The Times reports.

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It came after peers inflicted a second defeat on the Government's Breixt Bill this week, as they approved an amendment which aims to protect the rights of EU citizens post-withdrawal.

It also followed claims that Brussels has 'annihilated' Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the EU customs union while keeping a soft border with the Republic of Ireland.

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