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Protesters say the proposed bill is undemocratic [Image: Reuters/Peter Nicholls].

Maybe you don’t think it’s a big thing that Tories won’t support the Tories’ flagship Brexit Bill. If so, you’d be wrong.

Conservative rebels are numerous enough to overturn the slender Parliamentary majority held by Theresa May’s government, even in alliance with the DUP.

This is a huge embarrassment for Mrs May – yes, another one.

Remember, she called her vanity election on the pretext that she needed a larger Parliamentary majority to push through her plans for Brexit.

Now, even her own party is trying to deny her the opportunity.

No 10 has been forced to delay its flagship Brexit bill after Conservative rebels backed a series of hostile amendments.

Ministers had planned to push the EU Withdrawal Bill, which has passed its second reading in the House of Commons, through to committee stage next week.

But the timetable has slipped after the Tory whips decided they needed more time to strike compromises with rebel MPs in order to avoid a series of damaging defeats.

In total 300 amendments and 54 new clauses have been tabled to the bill, which transfers European law onto the domestic statute book after Brexit, underlining the resistance within the Commons from both opposition parties and some Conservative MPs.

Thirteen amendments have enough support from Conservative MPs to overturn Theresa May’s working majority of 13, which is causing obvious headaches for chief whip Gavin Williamson.

Source: Hostile Conservative rebels force No 10 to delay flagship Brexit bill


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