Nick Ferrari Asks Tory MP: Are You A Brexit Mutineer?

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

Nick asked one of them: Are you a Brexit Mutineer?

Others listed include the former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, the former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, the chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat and Sarah Wollaston, the chairman of the Commons Liaison Committee.

Theresa May is facing a Tory revolt over her efforts to fix the date of Brexit on 29 March 2019, with former attorney general Dominic Grieve saying he would vote against the amendment regardless of "blood-curdling threats" and "arm twisting" from Conservative whips.

Veteran Tory MP says the government's attempt to enshrine the Brexit date in law is "utterly foolish" and "silly".

MPs are scrutinising the withdrawal bill and deciding on amendments.

It is inderstood said 18 Tory MPs attended the meeting - more than enough to defeat the government if Labour joined them in voting against the amendment next month.

Bob Neill, the MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, is one of the Tory MPs named and he dismissed the front page as "ridiculous".

Their stance triggered a Daily Telegraph front page naming 15 of them as "Brexit mutineers".

"I regret any media attempts to divide our party".

MPs began eight days of detailed scrutiny of the bill on Tuesday evening, with ministers seeing off the first attempts to change the legislation.

They confronted Julian Smith, the new chief whip, during a meeting on Monday to express their fury at the United Kingdom government's plans.

The government was not at risk of losing votes on the first day of the debate, as it defeated a Plaid Cymru amendment to give Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland a veto over Brexit by majority of 318 votes to 52.

"If fighting for the best possible future for our country and our government is considered mutiny - then bring it on".

Brexiteer Geoffrey Cox seemed to echo this position, telling MPs: "Let us suppose our own negotiators wish an extension, it is curtailing the flexibility and room for manoeuvre of our own negotiators".

MPs had their first chance to scrutinise the EU withdrawal bill, which would formally end Britain's membership of the European Union and transfer four decades of EU legislation into United Kingdom law.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said setting a date in law was a "desperate gimmick" that was "about party management, not the national interest".

He said it was tabled "without any collective decision-making within government ... and accompanied by I think blood-curdling threats that anybody that might stand in its way was in some way betraying the country's destiny and mission, and I am afraid I am just not prepared to go along with that".

"If it doesn't what will happen is it will get massacred in the House of Lords - quite rightly".

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