'There is HOPE' Rees-Mogg urges Theresa May to amend her deal as it COULD BE APPROVED

Posted on Jan 25 2019 - 5:40am by admin

The hardline Brexiteer and chairman of the Tory Brexit-backing European Research Group opened up on how Mrs May’s deal could be approved through Parliament. The major sticking point preventing most Conservative Brexiteers, Mr Ress-Mogg included, from voting in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement is the Irish backstop, which they fear may trap could shackle the UK to the EU indefinitely. But, Mr Rees-Mogg said, if that part is scooped out of the deal, Mrs May could see her agreement going through. 

He said: “I think there is hope that there could be reformation of this deal to make it more acceptable.

“But we are not there yet. But we will not abandon our friends in the DUP.

“As long as the backstop is there, I will not vote for this deal.”

However, the Prime Minister may not have enough time to find a way to amend her agreement according to Mr Rees-Mogg’s suggestions, as many MPs from both sides of the Commons seem ready to back Labour MP’s Yvette Cooper’s amendment.

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Her move seeks to rule out a no-deal Brexit by carving out more time in the House of Commons to give its members a chance to come up with their own ‘Plan B’ if the Prime Minister keeps failing to be backed by a majority.

This amendment would effectively sweep away some of the conventions of Parliament and give MPs the opportunity to propose an alternative, rather than waiting for the Government to do so.

But Mr Rees-Mogg branded Ms Cooper’s move a “constitutional outrage” supported by MPs who don’t want Brexit to happen at all or to delay it.

He said: “If the House of Commons undermines our basic constitutional conventions then the executive is entitled to use other vestigial constitutional means to stop it. 

“By which I basically mean prorogation. And prorogation normally lasts for three days but any law that is in the process before prorogation falls.”

Fears a no-deal Brexit could happen were fuelled after Mrs May’s deal was rejected by 432 MPs.

The vote left the Prime Minister with a biggest ever defeat inflicted to a British leader in Parliament.

Earlier today Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell signalled the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, could whip MPs to back the amendment. 

During this morning’s PMQs, Mr Corbyn asked once again the Prime Minister to rule out a no-deal Brexit and open up to the possibility of a permanent customs union with the EU.

Mr Corbyn said: “The Chancellor and Business Secretary agree – and I quote – there is a large majority in the Commons opposed to no-deal.

“So will the Prime Minister listen to her own Cabinet ministers and take no-deal off the table?”

Mrs May, however, said the Government was “working to ensure that we leave the EU with a deal”, which she believes is the only way to avoid a no-deal.     

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