After com­pro­mise, May set to avoid de­feat in par­lia­ment on cus­toms

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LON­DON: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May looks set to avoid an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat in par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day over her post-Brexit trade plans, a day after she de­fused a re­bel­lion in her party over plans to leave the Euro­pean Union.

On the sec­ond day of de­bate on changes to May’s EU with­drawal bill, law­mak­ers will vote on amend­ments handed down from the up­per house of par­lia­ment over Britain’s re­la­tion­ship to the bloc’s cus­toms union and sin­gle mar­ket.

The prime min­is­ter had faced the prospect of a los­ing a vote after rebels had in­di­cated their sup­port for a change in­tro­duced by the House of Lords to re­quire min­is­ters to re­port what ef­forts they had made to se­cure a cus­toms union.

But a gov­ern­ment pro­posal to in­stead re­port its ef­forts to se­cure a cus­toms “ar­range­ment” seems to have been enough to post­pone a more search­ing de­bate about gov­ern­ment pol­icy, with fu­ture de­bates the more likely stage for a re­bel­lion.

Britain’s fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with the EU, which will de­fine its trade for decades, has be­come the light­ning rod for the di­vi­sions that have plagued May’s Con­ser­va­tive Party over Brexit.

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