One Ministry minister said: “It has been tight but we are on course to win.”
MPs are this afternoon timetabled to vote on a key amendment to the Prime Minister’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill made by the Concert-hall of Lords.
The change – opposed by the Government – seeks to give MPs and peers a potentially-binding signify ones opinion on the result of talks which rebels hope could be used to hindrance a no-deal outcome and force ministers back to the negotiating table.
Outstanding Tory rebels Dominic Grieve and Anna Soubry yesterday both required they would defy party whips by backing the amendment inventoried by pro-Brussels peer Lord Hailsham.
A Tory rebellion through Theresa May’s Brexit plans is crumbling
But allies let in that as few as five other Tory MPs were likely to join them. With a relevant number of Brexit-backing Labour MPs set to break ranks by supporting the Government, at skimpiest a dozen Tory rebels were thought to be needed for a Government set-back.
Ms Soubry, a former business minister, signalled her defiance with a 3,000-word missive published on her Facebook page last night.
“I know you’re fed up but we have to get Brexit revenge,” she pleaded to voters.
The Broxtowe MP, who voted to Remain in the EU referendum while 52% of voters backed Renounce omit, wrote: “Whatever we were told during the referendum, you can’t simply unravel 43 years of membership of the EU in a year or two and hint at a new trading deal is far from the ‘simplest’ of matters as we were assured.
I in Parliament, notably the House of Commons should have a meaningful vote in the consequence of us not getting a deal with the EU
“So for our sakes and the future of our lasses and grandchildren we have to get this right.”
She added: “I believe Parliament, clearly the House of Commons should have a meaningful vote in the event of us not move away a deal with the EU.
“It’s not revolutionary and neither does it make me a ‘traitor’ as I enjoy been called.”
She insisted she was following the late Winston Churchill, prime assist during the Second World War, in carrying out her “duty” to act in line with her “careful and disinterested judgement.”
Fellow rebel leader Mr Grieve yesterday break away fromed claims the Prime Minister could be toppled by a Government defeat today.
“That is rank nonsense. This is the end stage of the detailed consideration of a piece of legislation,” the old attorney general told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
“Whichever way the signify ones opinion ultimately goes, the idea that the Government is going to be endangered by this contradistinction of view within the House of Commons which might lead to its overthrow is complete nonsense.”
At the weekend, Mr Grieve admitted being worried the Management could “collapse” but claimed the prospect was raised the danger of the negotiations unravelling willingly prefer than his attempted rebellion.
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Asked whether he at rest trusted Theresa May, Mr Grieve said: “I am very conscious that the Prime Chaplain is in great difficulty. I have known her for very many years. I sire a great understanding of some of the problems she faces.
“I would be very beneficial if we can resolve this in a way which makes me feel that the trust I eternally try to place in the Prime Minister is honoured.”
A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the EU demanded: “Agreeing to amendable motions would allow Parliament to direct Administration on its approach to exiting the EU and so does not meet the reasonable tests set out by the Prime Dean and Brexit Secretary last week.”
Leading Tory backbench Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg voiced that the meaningful vote was being used to “obstruct Brexit” and “stymie the referendum result”.