Brex­i­teers now plan to back PM in vote

Western Daily Press - - News -

TWO se­nior West MPs are among four Brex­i­teer back­benchers who have said they will now back the Prime Min­is­ter in to­mor­row’s mean­ing­ful vote.

In a pos­si­ble sign that the tide is be­gin­ning to turn in favour of Theresa May’s con­tro­ver­sial exit plan, Tory MPs in­clud­ing Sir Ge­of­frey Clifton-Brown and Sir Ed­ward Leigh said they would sup­port the Gov­ern­ment in to­mor­row’s crunch vote.

For­mer Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee chair­man Sir

Ed­ward, who was ap­pointed to the Privy Coun­cil last month, said it was “in­con­ceiv­able” that Par­lia­ment and the Speaker John Ber­cow would al­low the UK to crash out of the EU with­out a deal.

He said: “I will sup­port the Gov­ern­ment on Tues­day in the mean­ing­ful vote.

“I think it is now in­con­ceiv­able that this Par­lia­ment, and this Speaker, will al­low the UK to leave on WTO terms on March 29.

“There­fore my mes­sage to my fel­low Brexit-sup­port­ing MPs is you are play­ing with fire if you vote down this deal in the hope of some­thing bet­ter, and the only way to de­liver Brexit is to vote for the deal this week.”

He was ini­tially an out­spo­ken critic of Mrs May’s deal.

And se­nior back­bencher Sir Ge­of­frey, who rep­re­sents the Cotswolds, said that while he had “deep mis­giv­ings” about many as­pects of the deal, it would, he be­lieved, pro­vide a “frame­work” to en­sure the UK leaves on March 29.

He said: “While I re­tain deep mis­giv­ings about many as­pects of the deal, in par­tic­u­lar the open-ended na­ture of the back­stop, the events of last week have clearly demon­strated that the Speaker and MPs who wish to re­main in the EU will stop at noth­ing to pre­vent that hap­pen­ing.”

Tory for­mer min­is­ter An­drew Mur­ri­son, who rep­re­sents South West Wilt­shire, said he also had reser­va­tions, but had de­cided to back the deal.

“After last week’s op­er­a­tion by the Speaker and hard-over Re­main­ers to re­verse Brexit and the prospect of more tricks to come, I’ve de­cided I have to back the With­drawal Agree­ment so that we de­liver on the ref­er­en­dum as promised.”

And Con­ser­va­tive MP for Sleaford and North Hyke­ham, Caro­line John­son, said: “As a Brex­i­teer I am un­happy with some as­pects of the deal and had in­tended to vote against it.

“How­ever I have come to re­alise that the Prime Min­is­ter is try­ing to de­liver Brexit via a re­main Par­lia­ment some of whom seem ready to go to any length to frus­trate the ref­er­en­dum re­sult and stop Brexit.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.