Secret talks are ongoing to stop rebel Tories
Tory whips have reportedly talked to several Labour MPs who want Britain to leave the crumbling Brussels bloc, it emerged last week.
The alliance between anti-EU Labour and Conservative MPs is a bid to stop Remoaner Tory MPs affecting Theresa May’s Article 50 negotiations, according to the Sun.
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A number of key Brexit votes are being held this week as the bill which will allow the Prime Minister to finally start talks to withdraw Britain from the EU goes through Parliament.
Remainiac MPs are hoping to force through a vote which would make Mrs May seek Parliamentary approval before she walks away from a bad Brexit deal is also expected to be a closely fought fight.
Downing Street officials are confident it can beat a move from Europhile MPs with the help of Labour MPs – despite having a wafer thin majority of 16.
Steve Baker (left) has claimed as many as 27 MPs could vote against the Government Blair and Juncker: Together through the years Wed, January 25, 2017
Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker have always shared a friendly relationship over the years.
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EU Commission President Juncker greets former British PM Blair in Brussels
A senior Labour MP told the Sun: “There are conversations going on across the floor.
“Any amendment will have the effect of delaying or obstructing Brexit so I am minded to vote against them.”
Another vote which could prove close is Harriet Harman’s plea to guarantee permanent residence rights for EU citizens living in post-Brexit Britain.
Remain Tory MP Anna Soubry has spoken out against plans to take Britain out the single market
Mrs May has urged EU leaders to guarantee British citizens’ the right to carry on living abroad in a bid to tie up a deal quickly.
Eurosceptic Tory MP Steve Baker claimed as many as 27 pro-EU Tories are plotting to vote with Labour on Wednesday.
Government officials have denied Mr Baker’s figures, stating only 10 MPs are set to rebel.
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