Farce erupted as the Prime Minister told MPs to back a plan to remove the Irish backstop – barely 5 minutes after Jacob Rees-Mogg consigned it to the bin
Theresa May’s Brexit plans are in chaos again after she finally announced a Plan B – minutes AFTER a whole load of her MPs rejected it.
Sir Graham’s plan would have finally given Mrs May’s deal a chance to pass if she replaced the backstop – which traps the UK under EU rules – with “alternative arrangements”.
Yet in farcical scenes, Mrs May asked MPs to back the plan just minutes after leading Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was not backing it.
Mr Rees-Mogg leads the powerful European Research Group of Brexiteers – and that means the Brady amendment looks doomed to failure.
Without the support of the group of hardline Brexiteers, it will be very tight for the amendment to pass in a vote at 7pm tomorrow.
It means that almost two weeks since Mrs May suffered the most devastating defeat of any Prime Minister, the way forward is still unclear.
Tonight a ministerial source said the next showdown vote on her deal was only due to be held on February 13.
Ahead of tomorrow’s votes, a separate bid to delay Brexit by up to nine months had looked set to succeed with the backing of the Labour leadership.
But comments by Jeremy Corbyn ally Jon Trickett have thrown that into doubt too – meaning it’s unclear if Brexit will be delayed.
Tonight’s farce unfolded in Parliament’s Portcullis House, where Mrs May and the European Research Group held two meetings on the same small corridor.
Jacob Rees-Mogg emerged from the ERG meeting at about 5.08pm to tell journalists he would not back the Brady amendment.