Pro-Brexit MPs are furious with the government, as they look set to rebel against a motion that would effectively go against the possibility of a No Deal Brexit.
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Theresa May looks set to back a motion that “reiterates its support for the approach to leaving the EU” endorsed by MPs, but this included an amendment that sought to rule out leaving the EU without a deal.
The European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs are therefore likely to abstain, with Labour voting against. That could mean a messy defeat for the government on Valentine’s Day evening.
Conservative Brexiteer Mark Francois has told The Telegraph: “We cannot vote for this as it is currently configured because it rules out No Deal and removes our negotiating leverage in Brussels.
“The Prime Minister, if she went through the lobbies for this tomorrow night, would be voting against the guarantees she has given in the Commons for months (No Deal still on table). It is madness.”
May’s Spokesman insists that walking away is still a possibility: “No Deal is an eventuality we wish to avoid, but one we continue to plan for. Does No Deal remain on the table? The answer is yes.”
Why is May herself so reluctant to say she is prepared to walk away from the EU without a deal?