Steve Baker has backed the PM in urging MPs to vote for the Article 50 bill
As the first day of debates over the controversial Brexit bill comes to a close, Mr Baker urged fellow ministers to support Theresa May in voting for the bill which would trigger Britain’s negotiations to exit the EU.
The Tory MP for Wycombe said the country would ““suffer the kind of political implosion in this country which we can scarcely imagine.
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“I believe can objectively say only one party is capable of forming a stable government, I'd prefer we had two.
He added: “If we were to go ahead and refuse this Bill, I believe that even our own party on this side would suffer grave consequences.
“It's in all of our interests that this Bill passes."
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
If we were to go ahead and refuse this Bill, I believe that even our own party on this side would suffer grave consequences
Steve Baker MP
Elaborating on his Brexit stance, Mr Baker continued: “Trade is a far better way of showing people that we’re codependent in this world… than tax and forced redistribution through systems that people barely understand.
“Political power beyond democratic control has run its course.”
He said we need a new system, which could deliver “free trade, self government, fighting crony capitalism at home, and defending against distortions… in countries overseas.”
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Hundreds of MPs arrived at the Commons today for the first session of debating over the Brexit bill
Despite his pro-Brexit stance, Mr Baker defended Remoaner David Cameron and claimed the former Prime Minister was “unfairly” described as reckless over his actions during the EU referendum.
"My experience was that everything he did was motivated by the highest concerns for this country.”
Labour MPs remain divided with many opting to ignore Corbyn and vote against the bill
The debate, which could continue until midnight tonight, is expected to carry on tomorrow before a vote is expected on the European Union (Notification Of Withdrawal) Bill.
Ministers were forced to bring forward the proposed legislation after the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament's approval is needed before the two-year Brexit withdrawal process can begin.
Theresa May has said she wants to trigger Article 50 before the end of March.
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