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PM facing Brexit revolt from 40 Tory MPs in Commons’ showdown this week

THERESA MAY could face a parliamentary revolt from around 40 Tory MPs this week over demands for the Prime Minister to reveal her Brexit plans before triggering the UK’s departure from the EU.

Tory MP Anna Soubry admitted she could vote against the Government on Wednesday


On Wednesday, Labour will attempt to force the Government into publishing its plans for leaving the EU before Article 50 is invoked.It has now emerged a sizeable number of Tory MPs might back Labour’s bid to heighten Parliament’s role in the Brexit process ahead of the Government’s submission of the official notification for EU departure.

The Broxtowe MP suggested 20 to 40 Tories could join her in siding with Labour against the Government on Wednesday, as she noted 80 Conservative MPs had backed her – as a strong Remainer – in her failed bid to be voted on the House of Commons’ Brexit Select Committee.She told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme: “Who knows what support is out there in the parliamentary party?”

Commenting on Labour’s proposed motion calling on the Government to publish its Brexit plan, which Jeremy Corbyn’s party will bring forward during an opposition day debate, Ms Soubry said: “I have to say I can’t see anything in it I don’t approve of and couldn’t support.”

She added: “I’ve never voted against my Government, I’ve always been very loyal. But these things are incredibly important.

“This actually transcends party politics and tribalism.”

I have to say I can’t see anything in it I don’t approve of and couldn’t support

Tory MP Anna Soubry

Before the triggering of Article 50, Ms Soubry urged the Government to publish a white paper that “sets out the options available for Brexit as we now move on and leave so we can scrutinise it on behalf of all our constituents”.But Ms Soubry dismissed suggestions attempts to increase Parliament’s involvement in Brexit are a bid to overturn the EU referendum result.

She said: “This is about process, this is not a re-run, it’s not trying to thwart the will of the British people.”

The Supreme Court today began considering a Government appeal against last month’s shock High Court ruling ordering Mrs May to seek Parliament’s consent before triggering Article 50.

Ms Soubry claimed the Government “have nothing to fear” over a possible parliamentary vote authorising Article 50, which would occur if the Supreme Court rules against Mrs May, insisting: “The overwhelming majority of MPs would vote to trigger Article 50.”

The Prime Minister has vowed to trigger Article 50 before the end of March next year, setting Britain on course for leaving the EU in April 2019.

Asked whether the Government could be facing a large rebellion on Wednesday, one Brexit-supporting Tory MP it was “more likely” there would only be 10 Conservative rebels voting with Labour on Wednesday.Tory eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg also played down suggestions as many as 40 Conservative MPs could rebel against the Government.

He told Express.co.uk the Prime Minister would be able to “count on the loyalty of eurosceptics in this process”.

Asked if he had a message for those Tory MPs considering backing the Labour motion, Mr Rees-Mogg added: “I think as a general rule when the electorate speaks it should be listened to.”

The Government could seek to water down the potential for a revolt by either backing the Labour motion or bringing forward their own amendment.

Downing Street said they had yet to make a decision on Wednesday’s vote.

But, asked whether the Government would set out its Brexit negotiating stance to MPs, a spokesman said: “As we have said before this is the best way to get the worst possible deal.”

The proposed Labour motion for Wednesday’s debate states: “That this House recognises that leaving the EU is the defining issue facing the UK; notes the resolution on parliamentary scrutiny of the UK leaving the EU agreed by the House on 12 October 2016; recognises that it is Parliament’s responsibility to properly scrutinise the Government while respecting the decision of the British people to leave the European Union; confirms that there should be no disclosure of material that could be reasonably judged to damage the UK in any negotiations to depart from the European Union after Article 50 has been triggered; and calls on the Prime Minister to commit to publishing the Government’s plan for leaving the EU before Article 50 is invoked.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/740081/Brexit-News-Theresa-May-Article-50-Tory-MPs-revolt-Anna-Soubry-Labour-motion

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John D Bailey
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John D Bailey

This is ludicrous! On the one hand ‘there should be no disclosure of material…. after Article 50 has been triggered’ but on the other they want the PM ‘to commit to publishing the Government’s plan for leaving the EU before Article 50 is invoked’. Does nobody else find this contradictory?

iananthonyharris
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iananthonyharris

OK, I just checked. Nottinghamshire, which includes Soubry’s constituency, vioted 57.9% Leave and 42.1 Remain. Nottingham itself was a closely run Leave. Soubry will not be popular in the event of a General Election.

iananthonyharris
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iananthonyharris

How did Soubry’s area vote? MPs whose areas voted out may find themselves out of a job if the government has to call an election to get Brexit through Parliament – awaiting the pro-remain law lords decision, of course.

Margaret Robinson
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Margaret Robinson

How about these MP’s give TM their ideas for where they see the EU over the next 10 years. Had we voted to stay the EU would have taken every advantage knowing that we were now stuck within the EU forever. What would that mean? Already treated as 2nd class because we have not joined the Euro we would soon fall into economy class. First the rebate would be reduced by around £1 billion year on year until it was zero. Contribution would increase and they would insist on Vat being increased to help fill their coffers. possibly the %… Read more »

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