Conservative MPs have been urged by the leadership to back the party’s Brexit Bill in the House of Commons or risk Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. The second reading of the Bill will take place on Thursday and some Conservative backbench MPs have privately expressed concerns that they are being discouraged from making amendments to the Bill.
David Davis, the Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, said on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr programme:
“Everything that is significant in terms of changes will be done in separate primary legislation, on immigration, customs you name it. This bill is about ensuring continuity. Every MP, whether leaver or remainer, should support this bill”.
The Guardian newspaper noted:
“Other Conservative MPs reacted angrily to demands from No 10 that they should not seek to table amendments to the repeal bill when it reaches committee stage in October. Should any pro-remain Tories table amendments that call for the option for the UK to remain in the single market or customs union, they are likely to attract cross-party support from Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs”.