Tory MP Stephen Hammond, who was named on the list of Conservative rebels who were planning on voting against the Government, has explained about how long the UK could remain in the European Union.
Mr Hammond also added that the Conservative Party was simply having a “row” but would overcome the issue quickly.
He said: “Like all families, we have rows now and again. This is a row about a particular thing that people hold passionate views about.
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“But the Conservative Party is agreed on 95 per cent of the things that we do.”
The Conservative MP was then asked whether Britain was going to leave the European Union on March 29 2019.
He replied: “Well I hope it does on the basis that we have secured a proper deal.
“The amendment that we are putting down will allow the Government that extra bit of breathing space to get a good deal.
“It’s going to leave in 2019, March, May or June. The fact of the matter is we are leaving the European Union, no one is trying to stop that.”
The fact of the matter is we are leaving the European Union, no one is trying to stop that
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Mrs May reiterated that the UK would be leaving the bloc by the end of March 2019.
At least 15 Tory MPs have been criticised after they indicated that they would vote against the Government and against an amendment that would stop the Brexit date from becoming law.
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.
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“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 wants to delay of thwart Brexit, we just want a good Brexit that works for everybody in our country.”
Speaking in the House of Commons during PMQs, the Prime Minister reiterated when the UK was set to leave the European Union.
She said: “We will be leaving the European Union on March 29 2019. There is, of course, a lively debate going on in this place and that is right and proper.
“There are strong views held on different sides of the argument on the European Union on both sides of this house.
“What we are doing as a Government is listening to the contributions that are being made, listening carefully to those who wish to improve the bill, and I hope that we can all come together to deliver on the decision that the country took that we should leave the European Union.”
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