At least 15 Conservative MPs have indicated that they will vote with the Labour Party and vote against the Government on its Brexit date amendment.
Bernard Jenkin, the Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex, claimed that anyone who voted to trigger for Article 50 should be voting for the Brexit date amendment to the EU withdrawal bill.
Speaking on Tuesday in the House of Commons, Mr Jenkin clashed with Remainer Anna Soubry, who will reportedly vote against the Government.
He said: “I just reflect on this debate having often taken part in such debates and felt to be rather in the minority when opposing a new European treaty.
Anna Soubry was irritated as Bernard Jenkin delivered his speech in the House of Commons
“I wonder whether I am still in the minority in this House that this House actually probably has more Remainers than leavers in it and that rather colours the judgement of many people taking part in this debate.”
Ms Soubry appeared to then shout out “for God’s sake” as she asked the Conservative MP to give way so she can make a point.
Mr Jenkin continued his speech, insisting that the will of the British public must be implemented by the Government.
He said: “I just put it forward as a problem. Let me finish the point. I believe as passionately about this as she does in hers.
You are disgraceful. An absolute disgrace
“I am sympathising, I understand. The truth is, we have to accept the country voted to leave and the one thing we know about what the people voted for, whether they voted for this deal or that deal, or they believed this bit of propaganda or that bit of propaganda.
“The one thing that it said on the ballot paper was they were voting to leave the European Union.
“I cannot understand how anyone can come to this house and say ‘well there might be circumstances where I am just simply not going to respect that decision’. Because that is what it amounts to.”
Mr Jenkin also claimed that any MP who voted to trigger Article 50 but voted against the amendment to set the Brexit date in law, “are open to the charge that they do not want us to leave the European Union”.
Ms Soubry interrupted the Conservative MP again and can be overheard shouting: “You are disgraceful. An absolute disgrace.”
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Every member of the group of MPs expected to vote against the Government, except for Kenneth Clarke, voted to trigger Article 50 and begin the two-year exit process.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Remainer Anna Soubry said she was “proud to wear the badge” of being named but branded it “bullying”.
She said: “This is a blatant piece of bullying that goes to the very heart of democracy.
“None of those people who have been named in this way, and I take it as a badge of honour actually, none of those people want to delay of thwart Brexit, we just want a good Brexit that works for everybody in our country.”
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