BOUGHT OFF: Former Tory Rebels Switch Sides To Back May
Although Treason May is widely expected to lose the vote on her sell-out agreement tomorrow, behind the scenes she has been assiduously trying to buy-off Brexiteer rebels on her benches. It may not be enough to win the vote but it could be narrower if more follow the example of Sir Edward Leigh.
The Gainsborough MP has announced that following his appointment to the Privy Council that he will now back the Prime Minister.
“I will support the Government on Tuesday in the meaningful vote. I think it is now inconceivable that this Parliament, and this Speaker, will allow the UK to leave on WTO (World Trade Organisation) terms on 29 March.
“Therefore my message to my fellow Brexit-supporting MPs is you are playing with fire if you vote down this deal in the hope of something better, and the only way to deliver Brexit is to vote for the deal this week.”
So far four former Conservative rebels have indicated that they will switch sides and support the deal.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, told the BBC’s Westminster Hour that he feared Brexit may not happen if it is voted down.
He said: “I don’t like the backstop provisions in relation to Northern Ireland. I don’t like the provisions on not being able to leave on our own unilateral terms. I don’t like the defence provisions. But in view of what happened in the House last week with the Speaker I just think that the possibility of no Brexit must be seriously considered.
“I’m a Brexiteer and I do want to see us leave on the 29 March. I’m fearful that a coalition in the House of Commons will somehow find a way of either extending Article 50 or, worse still, preventing us leaving altogether.”
However, senior Conservative rebels have held the line. Boris Johnson, David Davis et el continue to say they will oppose the deal.
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