We are not a party within a party. We simply want to remind our fellow citizens that there are Conservative MPs who want to heal, not perpetuate, divisions.
The list includes the three who resigned from the Government this evening – and Green, one of the Prime Minister’s oldest allies.
The proposal was rejected by 314 votes to 311. Boles, Gyimah, Spelman and Vaizey were among those to rebel. Plus Brine and Harrington.
By longstanding convention the Speaker casts his vote for the status quo. But would he?
Halfon and Stevenson join the Europhile ultras in a very near miss for the Government.
Cooper/Letwin is back, supported by Labour and Tory Europhiles as well as the Liberal Democrats, the Independent Group, and Scottish and Welsh nationalists.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
The Prime Minister assured Labour MPs that she will stand up for workers’ rights.
The proposal was defeated by 321 to 301 votes.
Freeman joins the rebellion. But the amendment fell by 321 to 298.
“It is incumbent on us, and it is our duty, to recover our sense of proportion and restore some dignity, reason, and calm to this debate.”
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.
We also reproduce the full text of the letter itself.
Some favour a Second Referendum; others, EEA membership. But they have combined to deal the Prime Minister a second bloody blow in a single day.
That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.