Grantham MP in cross-party talks to take control of Brexit
Grantham MP Nick Boles is again at the centre of plans for MPs to take control over Brexit from the government.
The MP has signed a cross-party amendment proposed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper and others demanding the move should the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement not be passed this week.
The move follows a further meeting Mr Boles, Conservative MP Oliver Letwin and Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, held with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last week to promote their soft Brexit Common Market 2.0.
Theresa May was this morning meeting her cabinet where she is likely to set out her proposals for parliamentary business concerning Brexit.
However, national media today reported that Labour MP and chair of the parliamentary Brexit Committee, Hilary Benn MPhas tabled a motion that will set aside time on Wednesday for a series of ‘indicative votes’ to find a cross-party majority for an alternative and softer kind of Brexit.
Such solutions could include remaining in the customs union, staying in the single market, or a mix of both, another referendum or cancelling Brexit.
Mr Boles has urged Tory backbenchers to back the cross-party move if the PM’s deal is voted down.
He said: “MPs need to start ignoring the whip if it is not in the national interest”.
Yesterday, it was revealed that Mrs May planned her own ‘indicative votes.’
Mr Boles tweeted in response: “The Prime Minister needs to be reminded that she does not have a majority and does not control Parliament. This is a crude attempt to engineer fake indicative votes that are set up to fail. MPs will not be taken in.
“All the more important that MPs vote for the Letwin amendment tomorrow (Monday) evening so that on Wednesday we can debate and vote on Brexit compromises with significant support like Common Market 2.0 and a confirmatory referendum.”
He also said on Saturday: “I enjoy leadership speculation as much as anyone but the shape of Brexit will be determined by the views of MPs. Unless the make up of Parliamentary is changed by an election the personal views of the individual who serves as PM are secondary.”
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