BREXIT Backing Tory MPs have reportedly ‘killed off’ Appeaser Theresa’s Chequers Plan after an intense voting session late last night in the House of Commons.
Brexiteer MP for North-East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg led a campaign via the European Research Group (ERG) that forced the weak PM to make changes that could possibly mean Brussels won’t accept her plan.
The Prime Minister is claiming that her plan won’t be “dead on arrival” when it lands in Brussels, following her U-Turn.
She caved into four demands:
1. Britain WON’T collect EU tariffs at the borders – a key part of Mrs May’s customs plan – unless Brussels agreed to a reciprocal arrangement.
2. The other amendments accepted by May mean Britain will have a separate VAT system to the EU.
3. Ruling out a border in the Irish Sea.
4. An act of Parliament IF Britain wishes to stay in the Customs Union.
Simon Clarke, a Conservative backbencher, said: “The deal is holed below the waterline. It is dead and we are tearing ourselves apart over something that is dead and that is incredibly frustrating. We urgently need to think again so that we have a workable strategy.”
The Chequers Wrecking amendments were passed by 305 votes to 302, a majority of just three.
A total of 14 Tories rebelled, including Guto Bebb, who then resigned as minister for defence, becoming the eighth member of the Government to quit over Brexit.
Mrs May is likely to face even more rebellion from Wet Remainer Tories on Tuesday, when another Brexit bill, covering trade, is put before the Commons.
The Government will now try to bring Parliament’s summer recess forward to Thursday, five days earlier than scheduled to stop more rebellion.
This would mean that Tory MPs who want to kill-off Mrs May premiership will not have enough time to force a confidence vote in her before September.