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Theresa May survives Tory pro-EU coup by six votes; Ex PMs Tony Blair and John Major call for second referendum

Mrs May will give a speech in Belfast tomorrow clarifying her plans, in which she is also tipped to address the issue of restoring the power-sharing executive in the North.

The Brexit negotiations are at a crucial stage, with the Irish border being a key sticking point.

But earlier this week, the government backed an amendment to its Customs Bill that would make it illegal for Northern Ireland to be outside the UK's customs territory.

Pro-European Union rebels were threatened with a general election this summer if they defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans on customs, a lawmaker said on Wednesday, threatening to widen rifts in the PM's party.

SINN FÉIN have renewed their calls for a referendum on a united Ireland, saying Northern Ireland's rejection of Brexit must be respected.

The conundrum: how to maintain free flow of movement across the almost 500-km border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

It's understood that Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster whose party props up Mrs. This would help avoid a hard border, but would also limit the UK's ability to diverge from European Union regulations.

Her remarks come hours after the Confederation of British Industry warned that new economic data showed that Northern Ireland was edging towards recessionary territory with the uncertainty over Brexit partly to blame.

Made up of the chairs of the House of Commons' select committees, Mrs May told the group of MPs a large number of documents setting out what is needed to be done by businesses and households in a "no deal" Brexit would soon be published.

Justine Greening's call for a new referendum on Brexit lit a fresh fire around the self-immolating Conservative government.

During the week the House of Commons passed a motion that would prevent Northern Ireland agreeing to have separate custom arrangements to the rest of the UK.

They attempted to force through legislation that would have required Britain to join a European customs union if it had failed to negotiate a "frictionless free trade area for goods" two months before the country leaves the EU next year.

The concessions left Tory Remainers furious, while three pro-Brexit Labour MPs who voted with the government, and Lib Dems Sir Vince Cable and Tim Farron who were both absent, were criticised within their own parties.

Major, who led Britain from 1990 to 1997, said he feared the country was on course for a disorderly Brexit, with May unable to reconcile the two wings of the Conservative Party. "The priority is Ireland and getting the withdrawal agreement over the line for autumn".

"The proposals on the table satisfy nobody, which is why more and more members of the public know the only way to sort out this political mess is to take back control of the process with a People's Vote on a final Brexit deal".

The BBC reports that defence minister Guto Bebb "resigned so he could vote against the government", adding yet another minister to the growing list of resignations.

SDLP MLA Claire Hanna said Monday night had made the likelihood of no deal Brexit "one step closer".

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