On a day of high drama, MPs voted against allowing Parliament to be suspended in a bid to force through a no deal Brexit. And following the defeat, some MPs have rallied round to explain exactly what could happen next. Appearing on BBC Newsnight, Mr Bridgen said the task in front of Remainers was so huge, the chances of them getting Article 50 revoked before the October 31 leave deadline was next to impossible.
He told the show: “What it would require rebels to do, who wish to thwart the will of the British people, is to basically seize control of the Order Paper and manage to get all stages of revocation bill of Article 50 through Parliament.
“There are also not that many Parliament days where that could happen.
“The alternative is voting down the Government which would require Conservative members to do that.
“They would then be possibly triggering a General Election where they certainly won’t be the candidates because they will lose the whip.”
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Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs were joined by senior Conservatives to ensure the bill was not passed through Parliament.
Digital minister Margot James resigned before a vote on Parliament suspension, which was won by 315 votes to 274.
Reports suggest 17 Conservatives went against the party’s strict three-line whip.
But Conor Burns MPs said that regardless of the vote, the legal default remains that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 with no deal if one is not voted through.
He said: “The key point is this: that in statute law it says we’re leaving on October 31.
“The European community, even if they wanted to, couldn’t impose an extension beyond that on the UK.
“Only the British Prime Minister can ask for an extension, which might not even be granted.
“And Boris has been very clear that he has no intention of asking for an extension.
“So the position remains very clear in statute law – that the UK leaves the EU on October 31 this year.”