Conservative MPs split over Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Conservative MPs split over Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Friday, March 29, 2019

The prime minister’s withdrawal agreement is set to return to the House of Commons today, but Theresa May has struggled to persuade her party to back her deal. 

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and former Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith have both said they will vote for Mrs May’s deal, but ERG members such as Andrew Bridgen continue to refused to back it.

Conservative MP Damian Collins told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that he would be supporting the motion, despite voting down the last two meaningful votes.

Mr Collins, who is chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: “Today is a long shot for the prime minister that this will get through but there will be a lot more people backing it.

“I will be voting for it for the first time. What people can see now that this is poor in many ways and I think the prime minister by falling on her sword is acknowledging her own responsibility for the mess that we are in.”

Mr Collins said that a second referendum “could rip the country apart”.

He added: “The concerns I have about the withdrawal agreement stand but the risks have now shifted. The risks of it not going through are greater than it going through.”

However, ERG member Andrew Bridgen has said he will not support the deal because it would not allow the UK to “take back control”.

He told Mike: “We would go into the next election if we sign this deal, where for the first time in this nation’s history a huge proportion of our laws would be made by a foreign power, imposed upon us without representation and in perpetuity. That doesn’t sound like taking back control to me.

“People have been saying vote for the deal and Theresa May will go, but that doesn’t improve the deal. Why would I vote of a deal that is so bad it has forced the prime Minister to resign?”


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