Grantham Conservative MP Nick Boles threatens to vote against the Government
Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles has threatened to vote against the Government if it decides to favour a 'no deal' Brexit.
Mr Boles says he will resign the Conservative whip. He said: "If at any point between now and 29 March the government were to announce that ‘no deal’ Brexit had become its policy, I would immediately resign the Conservative whip and vote in any way necessary to stop it from happening."
The Conservative MP has also said he is opposed to a second referendum, as much as a 'no deal' Brexit. He added: "We need to deliver Brexit, with a deal, on March 29, 2019. Nothing else will do."
He also tweeted yesterday: "The Cabinet spent this morning discussing preparations for ‘no deal’ Brexit. I accept that it is prudent for the government to get ready for all eventualities. But I owe my constituents and my colleagues total clarity about my position."
Mr Boles has been criticised for suggesting he might vote with Labour against a 'no deal' Brexit. Former Tory Douglas Carswell said: "Nick is threatening to side with Corbyn in the coming confidence vote. I wonder what they’ll make of that in Grantham?"
Mr Boles responded to Mr Carswell's comment by saying: "You defected from the Conservative Party to pursue your beliefs. And I never criticised you for it. Please do me the honour of accepting that I may have equally strong convictions."
Prime Minister Theresa May could lose a 'confidence' motion if a small number of Tory MPs, like Mr Boles, decide to vote against her.