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Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy named among the 'Brexit mutineers'

15 November 2017, 04:24 | Devin Moran

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Labour MP Frank Field has withdrawn his own amendment calling for an exit date of 30 March 2019, an hour later than the Government's amendment, without a vote.

The rebels are already among up to 20 Conservatives planning to vote against the government on several issues, from use of Henry VIII powers to securing a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal, unless the government makes concessions.

The Prime Minister has at least 15 backbenchers siding with a Labour attempts to stop the Brexit date being locked into law.

The government said it would ensure legal certainty when Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

On Twitter, Conservative minister Alistair Burt attacked the paper, saying: "Fabulous collection of some of the best MPs in the country".

Grieve said he will "vote against it, no ifs, no buts, no maybes about this, no arm twisting" and pledged he would do so if he was the only person in the voting lobby.

After a heated Prime Ministers Questions session, Mrs May was asked by fellow Conservative to call for MPs to come together for the sake of Brexit.

Yesterday's Commons clashes were dominated by pro-EU Tory rebels such as Ken Clarke, who slammed ministers for attempting to give themselves more powers.

MPs also debated a Labour amendment on Tuesday - one of nearly 200 pages tabled - to extend the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice into a post-Brexit transition period.

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The story was dismissed on Tuesday as "a blatant piece of bullying" by Anna Soubry, one of the MPs named in it, who said her office had been forced to report five threatening tweets made to her in the wake of its publication.

However, government ministers were quick to disavow the front page, insisting that they did not want their party to be divided by the media and that they were working constructively with those Tories seeking improvements to the European Union withdrawal bill.

Keir Starmer, Labour's chief Brexit spokesman, said the proposal was "a significant climbdown from a weak government on the verge of defeat".

Nineteen Labour MPs were told to abstain but instead voted against the repealing of the European Communities Act 1972.

"When you've voted for that you should abide by the outcome of the decision".

"The headline in the Telegraph is frankly so stupid because it doesn't recognise that all of my colleagues and I accept Brexit".

The EU is seeking a detailed breakdown of the financial liabilities the United Kingdom will accept - something Davis remains unwilling to offer.

But the European Union has made clear it does not regard May's promise to honour the UK's financial commitments as sufficient.

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