The presence of four Labour Leavers helped the UK to avoid a customs union – but their absence on a more minor amendment produced a Government defeat.
‘…the Brexit White Paper will inevitably put me in direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents….’
“The very fact that people think they might do this is utterly destructive, utterly unnecessary, and they should back her to the hilt.”
“I would like to place on record my appreciation for the service you have given,” she replies.
Will there be further resignations? Will the 48 letters go to Sir Graham Brady? If the 48 letters do go in, will May win – and survive?
Seventy-five MPs disobeyed Corbyn to back the EEA, joined by three Conservatives. And six more Labour frontbenchers resigned.
“From the EU’s point of view, why would you make any concessions as long as Remainers in the Lords and Commons are doing your work for you?”
The Solicitor-General offers to meet the rebel-in-chief to discuss his amendment. Meanwhile, Rees-Mogg mounts a constitutional argument against it.
“Everybody now has to stand up and be true to what they believe in.”
With the Bill expected to return in the week of 11th June, the Government is weighing up which amendments must be fought and which could be defeated.
The time has come for her to show leadership and follow through on the clear instruction of the British people to leave the EU.
In 2013, Conservative rebels joined with Labour to sink Cameron’s plan. Might the reverse happen five years later?
Addressing this persistent under-representation is not political correctness, it is political common sense. Our Party would be the better for it.
The third article in our new mini-series, in which female Conservative MPs share the stories of their journeys into politics, comes from the MP for Chichester.
Since ConservativeHome revealed the planned changes in November, concern has been growing among MPs and Party members.