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

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

  1. Thomas

    A forced election would bring down this government and bring Corbyn in. She barely won last time when she started with a 20 point lead and now she’s behind in the polls, plus she can’t run an election campaign properly.

  2. justin

    Duncan smith should be seen and not heard, the thing likes hearing his own voice, yet when it came to accountability for his policies he was like a headless chicken and a worried one, shame the misconduct in public office did not stick, not to worry teflon smith, it will stick, you may not get a misconduct charge but a snap general election would be good for your party, with that will be the demise of strong and stable to backbench chickens though minority parties will probably replace them, even BHS Mannequins would do better and they don’t lie

    1. John

      As I understand it, the ‘misconduct in public office’ didn’t NOT stick…. the police refused to investigate, according to something I read somewhere? Sorry, no link I’m afraid (should pay more attention next time!)

  3. rotzeichen

    This is clearly why Theresa May has been ambivalent about stating whether parliament get a vote or not. In my view perhaps Labour could promote a vote on the issue to force her hand.

  4. Zippi

    A £abour government we want however when it comes to Br’exit, why was none of the things which M.P.s make so much noise about made issue of, when the Referendum Bill was being debated? I have little sympathy for any of them and quite frankly, find their conduct disdainful. It makes me wonder what on earth they were thinking when the Bill was debated and what they thought of us, the people. The mere fact that it seems that not one person took the possibility of a leave vote seriously, or even considered it a possibility, hence no preparations was made for it, suggests a contempt for the electorate that demonstrates that our votes are taken for granted, as Mrs. May has discovered to her cost. The whole of Parliament needs to wake up and remember that those in the Houses are there to serve us and not themselves. Stop treating us with contempt ans treat us with the respect that you desire of us.

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