A list of hardcore Remain supporting MPs are set to overturn the historic referendum result
It emerged over the weekend that about 27 hardcore Remain supporting MPs led by Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke are planning on voting with Labour, the Lib Dems and SNP to open the door to overturning the historic referendum result.
The rebellion will come this week at the committee stage of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which starts today and runs until Wednesday, where amendments have been put down to force a final vote on the deal on the EU to be meaningful.
In particular Remoaners want to undermine a key part of Theresa May’s strategy by having the right to block a “no deal” option of walking away if Brussels tries to play hard ball in the negotiations.
Amendments have been put down to force a final vote on the deal on the EU to be meaningful
This is a time to unite behind a democratic result not plot to repudiate it
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Ms Soubry said: "If there is no deal then the Government will determine what happens next. I think it should it come into Parliament. I don't know why people are so fearful of that."
Backbencher Neil Carmichael expressed concern that, as it stood, MPs would be unable to force the Prime Minister back to the negotiating table, with potentially disastrous consequences for the economy.
"I hope to persuade the Government to meet our concerns this week before the Brexit Bill is finalised," he said.
The rebellion is likely to fail because the Government will get backing from Labour Brexit supporters including Kate Hoey and Gisella Stuart as well as the Democratic Unionist MPs from Northern Ireland and Ukip’s Douglas Carswell.
Ukip deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans clashed with Ms Soubry on the Andrew Marr Show
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However, the threat of a rebellion has prompted fury.
Tory MP Steve Baker, who chares the European Reform Group, said: “This is a time to unite behind a democratic result not plot to repudiate it.
“Any vote to amend this simple Bill is a vote against the implementation of the referendum result.”
Ukip deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans clashed with Ms Soubry on the Andrew Marr Show.
She said: “The people have voted to Leave the European Union.
“A no deal situation where we revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules is going to be better than a bad deal that is coming from Brussels.”
She also dismissed claims made by Remoaners that the British economy faces a “cliff edge” on departure.
She said: “There is no cliff edge. There are so many countries that are not in the single market who don’t have a trade deal with the EU but I don’t see them thrashing around the bottom of a cliff gasping for air.”
Other Tory rebels are expected to include Dominic Grieve and the veteran pro-European Ken Clarke who was the lone Tory to rebel at second reading.
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In his article, Mr Carmichael said that in his view, Parliament had to have a final say when they reached "the endgame" in the negotiations.
"We could be faced with the prospect of leaving the EU by 'falling off a cliff' – as some have described leaving with no deal – with potentially disastrous economic consequences," he said.
"But MPs would have no chance to say the Government should step back from the brink and return to the negotiating table.
"To argue that MPs can have a say if we achieve a deal, with all the safeguards implied by it, but no say if we walk away with none of these, defies logic.
"If that occurred, it would be even more important for MPs to be able to vote for or against it."