Two of them, Sarah Newton and Paul Masterton, were members of the Government, and have resigned.
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The Prime Minister’s extension choice – short and technical, or long and electoral. Her statement – full text.
“But let me be clear, such a short technical extension is only likely to be on offer if we have a deal in place.”
WATCH: Carry On May – she says the legal default is still No Deal. And suggests that the best alternative is…her deal
She says that ‘the deal on the table” is the only deal available as she spells out the options.
Government votes against own amended motion. And loses. Commons confirms vote to take No Deal off the table – period.
The motion ruling out No Deal passes by 321 votes to 278. It’s another evening of humiliation for May.
That’s roughly half the Conservative Parliamentary Party, plus presumably some DUP MPs.
The vote has no legal force, but it sends an important signal. The former Cabinet Minister didn’t move her amendment, but others did in any event.
Michael Tomlinson: The Prime Minister must stick to her word. We must vote this evening to leave the EU on March 29
Why has she recently begun to assert that we may never leave at all? It is an odd about-turn, given that her leadership is predicated upon “Brexit means Brexit”.
“We’re having to be engaged in this because our duty is governance – our duty is the medium and longer term.”
He says that beef and sheep farmers would face tariffs of “at least 40 per cent, in some cases more than 100 per cent.”
“On this side, we’ve been insistent on saying that No Deal is not a viable option.”
Only one of those selected this evening, that tabled in the name of Damian Green (“the Malthouse amendment”) does so.
A functioning Government would whip for Malthouse Two – the plan backed by Steve Baker, Nicky Morgan, Iain Duncan Smith, Damian Green, Simon Hart and others.
Robert Halfon: If you don’t like the backstop and you want a Brexit deal done quickly, there’s only one answer: Common Market 2.0
I voted for the Prime Minister’s deal today. But the Commons didn’t – and we now all need a positive alternative.
Philip Davies, a famously long-standing and committed Brexiteer, is among their number.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.