Tory Remainers to Be Kicked Out If They Back Brexit Delay
According to reports, Tory remainers in Parliament will lose the party whip and will be deselected if they back efforts by the opposition to force yet another Brexit delay.
“The whips are telling Conservative MPs… a very simple message — if they fail to vote with the Government on Tuesday they will be destroying the Government’s negotiating position and handing control of Parliament to Jeremy Corbyn,” a Government source suggested.
“Any Conservative MP who does this will have the whip withdrawn and will not stand as Conservative candidates in an election,” they warned, adding that there is one last chance to secure a deal on October 17th “only because Brussels realises the Prime Minister is totally committed to leaving on 31st October. All MPs face a simple choice on Tuesday: to vote with the Government and preserve the chance of a deal or vote with Corbyn and destroy any chance of a deal.”
Alex Wickham of BuzzFeed later reported that a Tory MP had confirmed to him that “[Downing Street] has decided [former Chancellor of the Exchequer] Philip Hammond, [former Justice Secretary] David Gauke, [former Attorney-General] Dominic Grieve and co will have the Conservative whip withdrawn if they do not vote with the government on Tuesday” — prompting former Foreign Aid Secretary Rory Stewart to pipe up: “And me too I hope.”
Gauke, who gives his name to the so-called “Gaukeward Squad” of anti-Brexit Tories, appears ready to run the risk of deselection, having responded to the claims by complaining that “if it is the position now that defying a whip on a European vote is a matter that you lose the whip for the Conservative Party, then I think there’s quite a lot of Conservative MPs who over recent months would have lost the whip.”
He added that, in his view, “sometimes there is a point where you have to judge between your own personal interests and the national interest, and the national interest has to come first” — implying that the national interests would be best served by MPs preventing the result of a public referendum from being implemented.
The trust between the citizens and their representatives is now totally broken. We no longer have even an illusion of democracy. Traitor MPs are openly working to their own agenda and against the people.