A dedicated band of Conservative pro-Brexit holdouts stands ready to perish rather than let May’s deal pass.
Posts Tagged: Sam Gyimah MP
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.
Two of them, Sarah Newton and Paul Masterton, were members of the Government, and have resigned.
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.
There aren’t any surprises here, although on a grim night the Government at least appear to have talked two of its original signatories out of backing it.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
East Surrey special meeting. Feeling in the room described as “disappointment”, and Gyimah looked “visibly concerned”.
I’m told that one aggravation was the feeing that the MP was trying to downplay support for a second referendum.
The logic of his position was that the UK was leaving by March 29th. It hasn’t changed. The Government’s has. So he’s gone.
In the night’s only defeat for the Government, it passed by 318 votes to 310 – and with the largest rebellion from Conservative MPs.
Despite their support, the amendment fell by 322 to 290 votes.
The proposal was defeated by 321 to 301 votes.
Freeman joins the rebellion. But the amendment fell by 321 to 298.
The Speaker defied all precedent to allow an amendment which forces the Prime Minister to present the Commons with a ‘Plan B’ much sooner than planned.
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.