Brexit LIVE: 10 Tories who voted for Corbyn’s hard Brexit block – Revealed


The division from last night’s Commons vote, which lost by 309 to 298, named the rebels who backed the motion which would have enabled Parliament to seize control of the agenda from the Government. The Tories who supported the motion were: Guto Bebb (Aberconwy), Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe), Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon), Justine Greening (Putney), Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield), Sam Gyimah (East Surrey), Phillip Lee (Bracknell), Oliver Letwin (West Dorset), Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury), Caroline Spelman (Meriden).

The rebels were led by Sir Oliver Letwin who urged colleagues to back the motion, warning it was the only opportunity they would have to stop a no deal Brexit as there was potentially only four weeks in September and October in which Parliament will be sitting.

He said of those hoping to succeed Mrs May: “They know they only have to occupy four weeks of doing nothing and we’re out.

“Although it isn’t a fast burning fuse, it is a bomb the fuse of which is already burning.

“If we don’t put the fuse out now, we won’t be able to dissemble the bomb in September or October, and that’s why it is wrong to say this is premature.”

In another day of high drama in the Commons, eight Labour MPs defied Jeremy Cobyn to oppose the motion.

The Labour MPs who voted against were: Kevin Barron (Rother Valley), Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley), Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse), Caroline Flint (Don Valley), Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow), Kate Hoey (Vauxhall), John Mann (Bassetlaw), Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton).

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer had earlier urged MPs to support the measures in order to introduce a “safety valve” into the Brexit process given some of the promises being made by Tory leadership candidates.

Tory MPs cheered as the motion was defeated last night, after which Mr Corbyn was heard to say: “You won’t be cheering in September.”


7.30am update: Letwin warns no more options for blocking no deal 

Tory rebel Sir Oliver Letwin has warned Parliament may have run out of options to block a no-deal Brexit by the next prime minister.

The former minister, who was behind a series of cross-party attempts to block a no deal and was one of 10 Tories to back a Labour-led motion in the commons last night, said there may be no more opportunities for Parliament to intervene.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “Under the Article 50 process, on October 31 the UK leaves the EU regardless of whether we do or don’t have a deal in place unless somebody does something to alter that.

“If the Government doesn’t bring something before Parliament, Parliament won’t have a chance to take a view on that as things currently stand because we have run out of all the possibilities any of us can, at the moment anyway, think of for Parliament to be able to insist on having a view.

“I have really struggled very hard to think of every available opportunity and I can’t currently think of any more.”


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