Sir Bernard Jenkin: Tory MPs will not vote for a ‘Corbyn-Brexit’

Sir Bernard Jenkin: Tory MPs will not vote for a ‘Corbyn-Brexit’

Friday, April 5, 2019

Conservative MP Sir Bernard Jenkin has said that MPs in his party will not vote for a “Corbyn-Brexit” because they had already voted for Theresa May’s deal “through gritted teeth”.

He told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “If we end up with a Corbyn-Brexit, I don’t expect Conservative MPs to vote for it.

“Most of my colleagues are voting for Theresa May’s deal through gritted teeth.

“If it has the customs union stuck on as a condition or there is a second referendum, there is no way that my colleagues will put it through.

“It may go through but that will only be because of May loyalists in the party and the Labour party. It just shows that she has completely lost support in the Conservative party.”

The MP for Harwich and North Essex said he wished the prime minister had been “as stubborn” with the European Union as she had been with MPs.

The government is set to continue talks with the senior Labour officials on Friday in the hopes of finding a compromise on the Brexit deal.

This is amid reports that EU officials are considering offering the prime minister a flexible extension - or "flextension" - to the Article 50 timetable.

European Council president Donald Tusk is preparing to put the option to EU leaders at a crunch summit next Wednesday in a bid to prevent the UK from leaving without a deal, according to the BBC.

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