Whilst several senior members of the Cabinet were amongst the 66 Conservative MPs who voted against ‘Malthouse II’, there were Secretaries of State on the other side of the question too.
As a free vote, this Amendment perhaps offers the purest insight into the divisions deepening at the very top of the Party about how best to proceed over Brexit. Excluding junior ministers, they are:
- Alun Cairns (Welsh Office)
- Jeremy Hunt (Foreign Office)
- Sajid Javid (Home Office)
- Penny Mordaunt (DfID)
- Gavin Williamson (Defence)
Andrea Leadsom, who attends Cabinet in her role as Leader of the House, also supported it.
Greg Clark, David Gauke, David Lidington, Claire Perry and Amber Rudd are reported to have voted against the motion, with all other Cabinet members abstaining.