Theresa Might is going through the specter of a brand new rise up by Conservative MPs intent on avoiding a no-deal Brexit.
About 35 Tory MPs might help a Home of Commons transfer to delay the UK’s exit from the EU, if it seems probably the prime minister continues to be unable to safe sufficient backing for her Brexit deal.
In a letter to Conservative chief whip Julian Smith, the Brexit Supply Group of Conservative MPs – made up of Remainers and Leavers – have warned they may vote in favour of calls for to increase the UK’s EU membership subsequent week.
The prime minister continues to be bidding to win “legally binding adjustments” from the EU to the backstop association inside her Brexit deal, which was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs final month.
Mrs Might will maintain talks with EU leaders at a summit with Arab leaders in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, this weekend as a part of last-gasp efforts to safe alterations to her withdrawal settlement.
If she doesn’t then put her Brexit deal to the Commons for one more “significant” vote by Wednesday, Mrs Might has vowed to nonetheless permit MPs a vote on Brexit choices that day.
Sky Information has been advised two or three dozen Tory MPs could subsequently again proposals – prone to be introduced ahead by MPs equivalent to former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin and Labour’s Yvette Cooper – to demand the prime minister request an extension to Article 50 with a purpose to rule out a no-deal Brexit.
Conservative MP Andrew Percy, one of many leaders of the Brexit Supply Group, advised Sky Information numerous his faction might help a delay to Brexit subsequent week if Tory eurosceptics – who’re vehemently against the backstop in its present kind – sign they’re nonetheless unlikely to again the prime minister’s deal.
In a warning to the European Analysis Group (ERG) of hardline Tory Brexiteers, Mr Percy advised Sky Information: “There’s an rising variety of reasonable Conservative MPs who’ve persistently compromised and voted with the prime minister who’re changing into more and more bored with the ERG appearing as a celebration throughout the occasion.
“In the event that they [the ERG] aren’t ready to compromise – it is clear different MPs must default to their subsequent most well-liked consequence.
“For many who desire a no-deal Brexit, that does not finish properly for them.”
Within the letter to Mr Smith, first reported by the Day by day Telegraph, Mr Percy and fellow Brexit Supply Group chief Simon Hart wrote: “Quite a few members of our group have alerted us of their intention – ought to rejection of the deal look probably – to get behind amendments which are deliberate within the title of Oliver Letwin and others and which may have the dual impact of taking no deal off the desk and delaying Brexit.
“Additionally it is clear that members of our group are rising more and more pissed off by the intransigence – as they see it – of a few of our colleagues, lots of whom characterize very protected seats and are thus unlikely to be unduly inconvenienced by all of this.
“Not solely does this threat damaging the nationwide curiosity, but additionally that by failing to simply accept the realities of parliamentary arithmetic we’re placing in jeopardy the very factor many colleagues have spent many years campaigning for; our exit from the EU.
“It’s this severe threat that’s driving an rising variety of our group to think about different choices such because the Letwin modification.
“This can be a improvement that ought to fear all of us who need to ship Brexit, provided that our group has, virtually with out exception, remained united behind voting for the prime minister’s deal.”
It has additionally been reported as many as 25 members of Mrs Might’s authorities are able to vote for a Brexit delay until she guidelines out a no-deal departure.