Remainer MP confirms 'significant' contingent of rebels ready to bloc no deal - '30 plus'



07.07.2019 10:57

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The Conservative MP, who proposed holding a new Brexit referendum as part of his manifesto, claimed talks with colleagues opposed to a no deal have been ongoing. Last month Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood warned the new Prime Minister could face opposition from 12 MPs but Mr Gyimah on Sunday told Sky News the number of potential rebels has increased to "30 plus." The East Surrey MP said: "I think there is a significant number – about 30, 30 plus – that will use legislative options to do two things.

"Stop the new Prime Minister from proroguing Parliament in order to deliver no deal but also create options for the new Prime Minister so that no deal is not the only option we face on October 31."There are a number of legislative mechanisms being looked at at the moment – I wouldn’t want to announce them before they’ve been tested as viable – but there is a real concern."Mr Gyimah added: "The real concern here is not about leavers or retainers. The real concern here is that this is not in the interests of our country."The Conservative Party currently has 312 MPs and relies on the support of the 10 DUP MPs since Theresa May struck a supply and demand deal with the Northern Irish party after the 2017 General Election.LISTEN HERE: Latest Brexit news from the Final Countdown podcast

Losing the support of 30 or more MPs when attempting to deliver a no deal Brexit through a vote would have the new Prime Minister fall short of a safe majority to lead the Government.Chancellor Philip Hammond earlier this week issued a warning to Brexiteers in his party warning MPs would "find a way" to avoid the UK leaving the European Union without a formal agreement on October 31.Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson has pledged to take Britain out "with or without a deal" and to respect the new delayed deadline Mrs May negotiated with the bloc in April. Mr Johnson dismissed threats of a Remainer rebellion as a "red herring": "I think this is all a bit of a red herring. We are facing an existential crisis as a party and indeed as a political class."It was a clear, clear majority for Leave. Now we are at a state where MPs seem still to be refusing to enact the mandate of the people. That is why our great party is languishing in the polls.

"If we get on and do Brexit we will spike the guns of both the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party who are prospering at our expense because of our failure to get this done."Justice minister David Gauke, who in June survived a vote of deselection called on him due to his pro-Remain stance, also claimed Parliament will succeed in stopping the next Prime Minister from delivering a no deal Brexit.Mr Gauke said: "Given where the parliamentary majority is and the strength of feeling on a no deal Brexit, I think there probably will be a parliamentary way in which this can be stopped."There is an element of uncertainty about it but I think the likelihood is that parliament will find a mechanism somehow."DON'T MISS:Brexit date is our key test for incoming PM [EXPRESS COMMENT]Labour and Tory rebels in PLOT to BRING DOWN new PM over no deal Brexit [LIVE]Shock reason why Monarch will back Boris against Remainers [VIDEO]

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has been competing with Mr Johnson to get the top job in Number 10, has warned colleagues to beware of opposition alliances forming in other seats after anti-Brexit parties agreed to work together in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.The contest will be an early test for either the Tory frontbencher or Mr Johnson in Number 10, and could see the Government's working majority in the Commons fall to just three if the Tories fail to hold the seat.Chris Davies was sacked by constituents as their MP following a recall petition triggered by his conviction for submitting false expenses claims, but he will fight the seat again for the Tories on August 1.With the Liberal Democrats the biggest threat to the Tories, Plaid Cymru has agreed not to field a candidate in an effort to unite the pro-EU vote.Mr Hunt said similar arrangements between opposition parties were happening in other parts of the UK.


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