May goes down to four-vote defeat over post-Brexit…

Cardboard cutouts of the 12 'superhero' Tory rebels at a Brexit protest

Cardboard cutouts of the 12 'superhero' Tory rebels at a Brexit protest

Although the measures are unlikely to pass in the absence of Labour support, it could prove an opportunity for a show of strength by the rebels meant to pressurise her into retreat.

Political chaos in the wake of shock resignations from Theresa May's Cabinet is threatening to stall crucial negotiations over Brexit. I said, make sure that you have a carve out.

Anna Soubry's comments yesterday mirrored my suggestion past year - that those sensible MPs - from all parties - who have been voting against the Tory Government and the Labour front bench consistently since the referendum could come together in that window after a vote of no confidence, and apply our efforts at an executive level as well as on votes in the chamber. They face no sanctions.

Nevertheless, many Brexiteers were furious after Downing Street said it would be be briefing Labour MPs on the Chequers plan.

The leader before that, the arch-Remainer Sir Nick Clegg, is now urging hard Brexiteers, yes Brexiteers, to destroy the Chequers agreement.

Former minister Jo Swinson, who recently had a baby, tweeted that she was paired with Tory MP Brandon Lewis as she was unable to vote - but the division list showed he participated in the votes. One pro-EU ex-minister called it the "worst of all worlds", while eurosceptics said the strategy kept Britain too close to the bloc.

It's no wonder that Mrs May tried to bring the curtain down early on parliament last week - especially since MPs aren't due to do much on their remaining days of term on Monday and Tuesday.

"By accepting these amendments, the Government does no more than confirm our understanding of stated Government policy".

President Donald Trump with British Prime Minister Theresa May during their joint news conference at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England, Friday, July 13, 2018.

She just wanted to get her MPs away from Westminster where they find it easier to plot and where a herd mentality can easily turn into a stampede.

Under party rules, 48 Tory MPs - 15% of the party's 316-strong representation in the Commons - must write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, to trigger a no-confidence vote.

The wafer-thin margin suggested that Parliament is close to an impasse over Brexit. But nobody really knows.

The reality is that this is highly unlikely to present itself as a realistic prospect but the reaction by some to the pragmatic suggestion says more about their own tribalism than it does about those of us who are simply putting the interests of our respective countries first and foremost.

The prime minister's meeting with Conservative lawmakers Wednesday is seen as a last chance to rally her forces before a six-week summer recess.

Her white paper remains the UK's official position for negotiations with the EU. This week she got it from both camps.

An SNP source issued a stinging attack on Scottish Conservative MPs for failing to join cross-party talks on securing a soft Brexit. The heartlands are restless. If we don't deliver for the Ukip vote that is coming back home, they will punish us badly at the polls.

When they get back to the Commons on 3 September some windy MPs, anxious about their own chances of re-election, may decide they need a stronger line against the European Union - and a tougher leader.

The government won the vote on the tariffs amendment with a narrow majority of three lawmakers.

More likely, a head of steam could build up towards a tumultuous Conservative Party conference at the end of September.

After a rowdy debate when Conservatives criticized members of their own party, junior Treasury minister Mel Stride told parliament: "We have had a full, robust and comprehensive debate today as is entirely appropriate for a bill of this importance, importance to our ability to continue after our departure from the European Union as one of the world's great trading nations". Then fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

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