Grantham MP ‘key architect’ in parliamentary move to grab Brexit power from PM
Grantham MP Nick Boles is behind a move for parliament to take control of the Brexit process from Theresa May.
Mr Boles has signed an amendment that is due to be debated in parliament later today as MPs look set to prolong Britain’s membership of the European Union.
The amendment is proposed by a cross-party group of MPs including Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn, plus Conservatives Dominic Grieve and Sir Oliver Letwin.
If approved, it says that on March 20, a group of 25 MPs from five parties would take control of the Brexit process.
The amendment says it is designed “to enable the House of Commons to find a way forward that can command majority support.”
Measures could include a long extension to Article 50, which determines when the UK will leave the EU, and proposals such as Mr Boles’ Norway-style solution, also known as Common Market 2.0.
The Evening Standard today described Mr Boles as “a key architect of the strategy.”
He told the newspaper: “Following a second massive defeat, the Prime Minister needs to request an extension of Article 50 and give MPs the chance to start debating and vote on alternative Brexit deals.”
The move, known as Amendment I, is one of several amendments to be debated this evening.
It follows parliament last night voting to rule out a no deal Brexit, even though the votes were not legally binding.
In one vote, Mr Boles defied the Conservative whip to oppose a no deal Brexit.
However, on Tuesday, he supported the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement.
Earlier that day, he warned Brexiteer MPs who oppose the Prime Minister’s deal: “We will then do whatever it takes to frustrate you. We will vote to stop no-deal Brexit on 29th March. We will vote to extend Article 50 for a few months. And we will then work with opposition parties to build a majority for a softer Brexit deal.
“We are just as committed to our cause as you are to yours. We have learned to ignore the whips and shrug off deselection threats. And one last thing: with our friends on the opposition benches there are many more of us than you.”