A key amendment to the government’s trade bill that would have inflicted a serious blow on Theresa May has been defeated by 307 votes to 301.
The government lost a vote less than an hour ago on EU medicines co-operation by 305 votes to 301. Details on who switched sides for the customs union vote are awaited. Twelve Tory MPs rebelled for both.
The unsuccessful amendment would have forced the government to default to a customs union membership if it is unsuccessful in negotiating an exit deal with the EU.
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