Remainer MPs push for possible Brexit delay

A group of senior Remainer MPs in government have told Theresa May that they are willing to block a No Deal Brexit and delay the UK’s EU exit altogether.

Ministers Amber Rudd, Greg Clark, David Gauke and David Mundell are prepared to rebel against the government in an attempt to kill off a WTO Brexit.

MPs are pushing for a delay to Brexit if a UK-EU deal isn’t passed by Parliament. An unnamed Minister has told The Telegraph that: “She knows what she needs to do.

“If she doesn’t take No Deal off the table then Parliament will do it for her. And we are not willing to stand by this time.

“She has to say publicly that she will formally request an extension of Article 50.”

This threat from Ministers comes after two other Tory MPs, Andrew Percy and Simon Hart, warned that: “The reputation for competence of both the party and the government depends on our ability to deliver an orderly exit, in line with the existing timescale.

“Whilst we fully expect some changes to the backstop arrangements to be made by Ministers in Brussels this week, there remains a chance that these will not satisfy some colleagues.

“Numerous members of our group have alerted us to their intention (should rejection of the deal look likely) to get behind amendments that are planned in the name of Oliver Letwin and others and which will have the twin effect of taking No Deal off the table and delaying Brexit.”

The only way the UK will get a good deal is if Brussels know the UK is willing to walk away, and many now prefer a clean No Deal break anyway. To see Tory MPs actively seeking to weaken the UK’s hand and stop a proper Brexit is disgraceful. No Deal is still better than a bad deal.

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