Tory rebels vow to resist 'blood-curdling threats' over Brexit bill

Tory rebels vow to resist 'blood-curdling threats' over Brexit bill

Tory rebels vow to resist 'blood-curdling threats' over Brexit bill

MP have continued to scrutinise the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill amid mounting evidence of Tory unrest about Mrs May's approach to Brexit.

Parliament is involved in a lively debate as the Government seeks to enshrine the Brexit date into United Kingdom law.

The government faces potential defeat on key amendments to the bill if rebel Conservative MPs ally with Labour, increasing the risks for May's minority government.

MPs began eight days of detailed scrutiny of the bill on Tuesday evening, with ministers seeing off the first attempts to change the legislation.

Backed by Plaid Cymru and the SNP, the first proposed amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill would have forced Theresa May to win the consent of the UK's devolved administrations before repealing EU legislation.

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Soubry is among several MPs - including father of the house Ken Clarke, former minister Nicky Morgan, ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve and select committee chairs Tom Tugendhat and Sarah Wollaston - outed by the paper as preparing to vote against a government amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would see the UK's Brexit date enshrined in law.

The bill - also known as the Repeal Bill - is meant to ensure legal certainty and avoid a damaging "cliff-edge" when Britain leaves the bloc. Nick asked one of them: Are you a Brexit Mutineer?

Last night the Government survived a number of crunch votes on amendments to the bill put forward by opposition politicians.

And Tory backbencher Anna Soubry could be heard calling her fellow Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin a "disgrace" as he told the House of Commons: "Any MPs who voted for Article 50 but then do not want to fix the date are open to the charge that they don't want us to leave the European Union".

"Any MPs who voted for article 50 but then do not want to fix the date are open to the charge that they don't want us to leave the European Union", he said.

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A vote on that amendment was expected late Tuesday.

The showdown comes as May, weakened by a June snap election in which she lost her parliamentary majority, struggles to assert her authority even over her own cabinet.

Two others, including leading eurosceptic Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, are reportedly instructing May how to run Brexit. "But we want a proper Brexit, one that works for jobs and industry, that's what we're trying to get".

Both Scotland's and Wales' devolved governments have expressed fears the "power grab" legislation will return responsibilities from Brussels to London, rather than to their countries' administrations.

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