Ex-soldier Johnny Mercer joins ranks of over 100 Tory rebel MPs vowing to vote down May’s deal – but Corbynistas fear 20 Labour MPs could switch sides to back it
- Johnny Mercer will become the 104th Tory MP to declare against the deal later
- The tide continues to move against Theresa May ahead of Tuesday’s showdown
- Meanwhile around 20 Labour MPs are being monitored by Momentum activists
- There is suspicion they could defy Jeremy Corbyn to vote with the Government
Ex-soldier Johnny Mercer has joined the Tory revolt against Theresa May’s Brexit deal today
Ex-soldier Johnny Mercer has joined the Tory revolt against Theresa May’s Brexit deal today.
In a clear signal the PM’s hopes of winning the vote are still fading, Mr Mercer said the deal breaks Mrs May’s own red lines and is ‘not good enough’.
The Plymouth MP will condemn the deal during today’s third day of debate on the deal ahead of the showdown vote on Tuesday night.
In other developments today, it emerged as many as 20 Labour MPs are being monitored by left-wing Momentum activists in fear they could rebel and vote for the deal.
Every vote will count for Mrs May – but the list of possible Labour supporters is vastly outweighed by the 104 and rising Tories declared against.
In speech extracts revealed by The Sun today, Mr Mercer will tell the Commons: ‘To force through this deal, crossing her own red lines, speaks to a democratic deficit that I have always spoken out against, and must now oppose in the lobbies.’
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He will add: ‘Politics is ultimately about the people.
‘You cannot promise them that no PM would sign anything that treated Northern Ireland differently, and then do just that.
‘You cannot philosophise about free trade deals and then concede none are possible the moment we leave, as this agreement currently stands.
‘And chiefly you cannot sign up to making the UK a junior partner in a relationship they cannot unilaterally leave.’
It emerged as many as 20 Labour MPs are being monitored by left-wing Momentum activists in fear they could rebel against Jeremy Corbyn and vote for the deal
Possible Labour rebels are coming acute pressure not to give any aid to the Prime Minister as she fights for her political life, BuzzFeed reported.
Which Labour MPs might vote for the deal?
According to BuzzFeed, left-wing Momentum activists fear 20 Labour MPs could defy orders and vote for the deal. They are:
Labour sources have told MailOnline party whips believe the number of rebels on Tuesday night will be lower than 20 – but the number could rise in a second vote.
These MPs include Ian Austin, Caroline Flint, John Mann, Gareth Snell, Ruth Smeeth, Kevan Jones, and Grahame Morris. Mr Austin and Ms Flint have indicated they could vote with the government to deliver Brexit for their Leave-voting constituents.
The Prime Minister defied hardening opposition from Tory rebels and the DUP to make another impassioned plea for MPs to get on board with her plan.
She warned there is no other option on the table, and killing her proposal off would either end up with the UK crashing out of the EU – or Brexit not happening at all.
In interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mrs May said her fear was that ‘Parliament in some way frustrates Brexit’.
The premier also confirmed that she is looking at ways to sweeten her blueprint for mutinous MPs – suggesting there could be a parliamentary ‘lock’ on the Irish border backstop arrangements coming into force.
Asked repeatedly about calls from senior ministers to put off the Commons showdown on Tuesday, Mrs May said: ‘We are in the middle of five days of debate in Parliament which will lead up to a vote on this issue.’
Downing Street said Mrs May was discussing with MPs a ‘greater role’ for Parliament on the next steps as Britain goes through transition.
Who are the Tory MPs who have indicated they will not back Theresa May’s Brexit deal?
40. Andrew Lewer, Northampton South
41. Nigel Mills, Amber Valley
42. Martin Vickers, Cleethorpes
43. Richard Bacon, South Norfolk
44. Philip Davies, Shipley
45. Anne-Marie Morris, Newton Abbot
46. James Gray, North Wiltshire
47. Adam Holloway, Gravesham
48. Crispin Blunt, Reigate
49. Richard Drax, South Dorset
50. Philip Hollobone, Kettering
51. Laurence Robertson, Tewkesbury
52. Bill Wiggin, North Herefordshire,
53. Pauline Latham, Mid Derbyshire
54. Nigel Evans, Ribble Valley
55. Scott Mann, North Cornwall
56. Tim Loughton,East Worthing and Shoreham
57. Zac Goldsmith, Richmond Park
58. Robert Courts, Witney
59. Michael Fabricant, Lichfield
60. Michael Tomlinson, Mid Dorset and North Poole
61. Damian Collins, Folkestone and Hythe
62. Jo Johnson, Orpington
63. Phillip Lee, Bracknell
64. Heidi Allen, South Cambridgeshire.
65. Justine Greening, Putney
66. Dominic Grieve, Beaconsfield.
67. Dominic Raab, Esher and Walton
68. Esther McVey, Tatton
69. Shailesh Vara, North West Cambridgeshire
70. Rehman Chishti, Gillingham
71. Ranil Jayawardena, North East Hampshire
72. Suella Braverman, Fareham
73. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Berwick-upon-Tweed
74. Hugo Swire, East Devon
75. Neil Parish, Tiverton and Honiton
76. Steve Double, St Austell and Newquay
77. Theresa Villiers, Chipping Barnet
78. Royston Smith, Southampton Itchen
79. Mark Pritchard, The Wrekin
80. Grant Shapps, Welwyn Hatfield
81. Damien Moore,Southport
82. Daniel Kawczynski, Shrewsbury and Atcham
83. Lucy Allan, Telford
84. David Evennett, Bexleyheath and Crayford
85. Anna Soubry, Broxtowe
86. Rob Halfon, Harlow
87. Bob Stewart, Beckenham
88. Gordon Henderson, Sittingbourne and Sheppey
89. Stephen Metcalfe, South Basildon and East Thurrock
90. John Baron, Basildon and Billericay
91. Julia Lopez,Hornchurch & Upminster
92. John Hayes, South Holland and The Deepings
93. Sarah Wollaston, Totnes
94. Guto Bebb, Aberconwy
95. Tracey Crouch, Chatham and Aylesford
96. Sir Michael Fallon, Sevenoaks
97. Douglas Ross, Moray
98. Derek Thomas, St Ives
99. Sir Robert Syms, Poole
100. Matthew Offord, Hendon
101. Sam Gyimah, East Surrey
102. Mark Harper, Forest of Dean,
103. Giles Watling, Clapton
104. Johnny Mercer, Plymouth Moor View
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