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US NewsTory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat

14:40  02 september  2019
14:40  02 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Conservative rebels say they have not been fazed by Boris Johnson' s " back me or be sacked " threat and will support efforts to block a no-deal Brexit. A planned meeting between Mr Johnson and potential Tory rebels , ahead of a likely parliamentary showdown, was also cancelled on Monday.

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Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat © PA Boris Johnson has told Tory MPs they will be sacked if they defy his Brexit plans Conservative rebels say they have not been fazed by Boris Johnson's "back me or be sacked" threat and will support efforts to block a no-deal Brexit.

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Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach told Sky News she will be voting against no-deal this week, in defiance of the prime minister's EU exit plans.

Opposition MPs will begin their attempts on Tuesday, when parliament returns from its summer break, to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, despite Mr Johnson's promise to deliver Brexit on 31 October whatever the circumstances.

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Removing the whip and sacking up to 20 Tory rebels would leave Mr Johnson heading a minority government – and However, that would require Labour backing in the Commons, which would be The Tory rebels appear to be stiffening their spines, believing this week is the last chance to stop a

The PM (pictured in Downing Street today) headed off a Tory rebellion as the Commons debated 15 Peers will then get the chance to agree with them, or reject them and send them back to the Tory rebels are not focused on this change and it would not be mission critical for the government

Number 10 has issued a dramatic threat to any Tory MPs considering backing those efforts - that they will lose the Conservative whip, effectively expelling them from the party, and not be selected as Tory candidates at the next general election.

A planned meeting between Mr Johnson and potential Tory rebels, ahead of a likely parliamentary showdown, was also cancelled on Monday.

Ms Sandbach dismissed Downing Street's warning, telling Sky News: "I feel so strongly about this that I'm prepared to put my job on the line for my constituents."

She added this week is "the very last opportunity" for MPs to block a no-deal Brexit, due to the prime minister's decision to suspend parliament for up to five weeks from the middle of this month.

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Tory rebels were today warned they risk 'plunging a knife into the heart' of Theresa May' s premiership by voting to 'They do literally plunge a knife into the heart of government and particularly to the PM , as it is Appearing on the same programme, he urged the premier to face down hardline Brexiteers.

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Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat © Reuters

Asked why the prime minister should not sack her for disobeying party orders, Ms Sandbach highlighted how Mr Johnson himself rebelled against former prime minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy.

"I find it staggeringly hypocritical that he's threatening to take the whip away," she said.

"If that had happened to him when he voted against Theresa May's deal, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to stand to be prime minister of this country."

Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat © Sky News Screen Grab Antoinette Sandbach told Sky News the PM was being 'staggeringly hypocritical' Ms Sandbach added: "Europe has always been an issue on which the Conservative Party has had a broad range of opinions and I'm someone who voted for a deal and to leave in circumstances he didn't."

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Ex-justice secretary David Gauke, who has also stated his determination to ignore Downing Street's threats and vote against a no-deal Brexit, claimed Mr Johnson is "goading" Tory MPs to rebel so he can "purge" them from the party and force a snap general election.

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"I think the strategy, to be honest, is to lose this week and then seek a general election having removed those of us who are not against Brexit, not against leaving the EU, but believe we should do so with a deal," he told the BBC.

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But Education Secretary Gavin Williamson defended the threats being issued to Tory MPs, telling Sky News: "We all got elected in 2017 on a clear manifesto commitment to deliver Britain's exit from the EU.

"The prime minister has been abundantly clear we're going to exit the EU on 31 October.

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"And by voting with Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour opposition all you're doing is weakening the prime minister and Britain's hand in order to deliver Britain's exit with a good deal."

Mr Williamson also became the second cabinet minister in 24 hours to refuse to rule out the government ignoring any legislation passed by MPs to block a no-deal Brexit.

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Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat
Tory rebels not backing down in face of PM's sacking threat

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom appeared to support that stance by stating the "highest authority in the UK is the people".

"They voted to leave the EU. Parliament must obey that instruction," she added.

Mr Gauke said he would take the unusual step of writing to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland to ask them to confirm whether the government believes in the rule of law.

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, who voted against Mrs May's Brexit deal, argued there was a difference between Brexiteers' rejection of the current withdrawal agreement and the plot by MPs to block a no-deal Brexit - which is likely to see them try and seize control of the House of Commons agenda from the government.

"Voting against a policy is categorically different from voting to take away the government's power to govern," Mr Baker posted on Twitter, in response to Ms Sandbach's claims of Number 10 hypocrisy.

Former Tory MP Nick Boles, who quit the party in March, dismissed the government's suggestions the Commons would undermine Mr Johnson's negotiations with the EU by ruling out a no-deal Brexit.

He told Sky News: "I have to say, that is quite the stupidest argument that the prime minister uses - and there's quite stiff competition for that.

"The idea that threatening to shoot your own foot off is an effective negotiating ploy is just ludicrous."

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