MPs to vote on starting summer holiday early

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MPs are due to begin their summer break next week but, as Theresa May's Brexit headache continues, a vote is expected to take place allowing politicians to start their six-week holiday early.

But the Prime Minister, whose Government has tabled a motion calling for the current parliamentary session to be cut short, has been accused of "running scared" amid Brexit turmoil.

An undercurrent of Tory rebellion has been brewing against the increasingly politically fragile premier, and on Monday Mrs May acceded to Brexiteer demands to stem a threatened uprising on customs legislation.

For someone in her position perhaps an early holiday, beginning on Thursday rather than next Tuesday, would be an almighty relief.

But it could be difficult to muster support for such a move, with Tory and Labour MPs alike outspoken against the idea.

Dr Sarah Wollaston, a member of the Health Select Committee, said the committee would sit as planned next Tuesday.

She tweeted: "I will not be voting for an early recess. @CommonsHealth will be sitting as usual on Tuesday 24th to hear from the Secretary of State."

Pro-EU Tory Phillip Lee, who quit as a minister over Brexit, condemned any thought of an earlier break as "shameful" at a "crucial time".

He tweeted: "I can't possibly go along with that and I don't see how anyone else could at this critical time with the clock ticking on #Brexit; it would be shameful even to consider it."

Labour's Paula Sherriff said she had "important meetings" scheduled for next week and would vote against the move.

She tweeted: "Govt are running scared and using silly tactics to avoid plotting by their own MPs."