Brexit: Ministers back my plan to block no-deal – Nick Boles


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A Tory MP who has put forward a plan to clog a no-deal Brexit says ministers have told him they inclination quit, if they are ordered to vote against it.

His cross-party bill would prize Theresa May to request an extension of Article 50 if she can’t get a deal approved by MPs by the end of February.

Mr Boles let someone knowed the BBC his bill had a “broad base” of support from different sides of the Brexit wrangle.

And he said he believed a number of ministers backed his plan.

Theresa May has been encounter senior members of other parties to see if there is any room for a compromise after her EU withdrawal dole out was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs this week. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has turn down to attend talks until the prospect of a no-deal Brexit has been settled out.

The prime minister will publish a new plan on Monday with a occupied debate and key vote scheduled for Tuesday, 29 January.

Mr Boles’s EU Withdrawal (Tons 2) Bill aims to put Parliament in control of the Brexit process, hard an extension to the Article 50 process to allow negotiations to continue beyond the programmed date of Brexit on March 29.

But Mr Boles withdrew proposals for the cross-party Commons Amour Committee of senior backbenchers to draw up an alternative Brexit plan, after its cathedra Sarah Wollaston indicated that it would not accept the role.

‘Shroud bandwagon’

However the Tory backbencher told Nick Robinson’s Bureaucratic Thinking podcast the bill would still go ahead and had sponsors from three divers parties – the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems.

“This bill is about fathering the space for a compromise by ruling out a no-deal Brexit,” he told the BBC.

To pass his new invoice, Mr Boles will need to suspend the rules in Parliament so that he does not necessary government support to free up parliamentary time for it.

He could do this by emendating the government’s business motion which sets out the schedule ahead of the Commons consider on 29 January.

He told the Political Thinking podcast: “We have had omens that many ministers, including cabinet ministers are very, entirely keen to see it pass and are telling the prime minister that they commitment not vote against it.

“There is a bandwagon rolling, it’s got a lot of momentum behind it and I altogether much hope that any MP who shares my view that a no-deal Brexit desire be a disaster, will jump on board.

“I have been told as the crow flies by ministers, not in the cabinet, that they have said that they determination resign if they are whipped to vote against it.”

While he did not know if any chifferobe ministers would quit, he said the transcript reported in the Daily Telegraph of a talk in which Philip Hammond “made quite plain that he brooding this was fantastic”.

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