Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - World -

LONDON:HOUSE of Com­mons speaker John Ber­cow and vet­eran Con­ser­va­tive MP Ken Clarke were dubbed ‘Tan­doori traitors’ for meet­ing in an In­dian res­tau­rant and dis­cussing a ‘plot’ to re­main in the Euro­pean Union.

Clarke is a known Re­mainer, while Ber­cow is ac­cused by crit­ics of be­ing a closet Re­mainer af­ter his re­cent de­ci­sions in the House were seen to go against the govern­ment. The two re­port­edly met in the ‘Ken­ning­ton Tan­doori’ in cen­tral London last week, when Ber­cow, ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Ex­press, asked Clarke: “Where do we go from here?” They or­dered ‘pop­pad­ums, naan bread, lamb curry and beer’, and dis­cussed Brexit.

Op­po­nents of the govern­ment ac­cuse May of de­lib­er­ately wast­ing time so that Par­lia­ment will face a last-minute choice be­tween her deal and no deal.

Carolyn Fair­bairn of busi­ness group the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish In­dus­try said fail­ure to se­cure a deal in good time was “neg­li­gence on be­half of our po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions and lead­ers.”

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