Theresa May (left); Brexit Secretary David Davis (right).

Theresa May was threatened with a snap general election today if she is defeated by Parliament on her Brexit deal.

Tory right wingers raised the “nuclear threat” of a forced election in what was seen as an attempt to see off calls to empower the Commons to amend the deal or call for fresh negotiations.

Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader and leading Brexit-backer, said it would be on “a confidence issue” and defeat would make the Government “head towards” a general election.

John Whittingdale, the former Culture Secretary, claimed the vote itself would be “a vote of confidence in government” that would trigger an election if defeated.

But MPs backing a softer pro-business Brexit said Mrs May must keep Parliament involved.

Nicky Morgan, the chair of the Treasury Select Committee, said: “Ministers have promised Parliament a meaningful vote. They need to keep Parliament informed and involved to avoid problems at the end.”

Source: Theresa May faces threat of snap election if she is defeated by Parliament on Brexit deal | London Evening Standard


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