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If you’ve been keeping track of the British press lately (or even just our coverage of it here) you’re likely getting used to seeing stories like this on a near daily basis. Something else has gone wrong and threatens to throw the Brexit process off the rails in the final twelve weeks before it’s finalized. Many of these perils have come and gone without the UK government completely sinking below the waves, but the latest one is probably worth paying attention to.
Up until now, it’s been something of a standoff in the House of Commons. A significant number of MPs are opposed to the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May worked out with the EU Parliament. This includes both the Remainers and the Brexiteers, though they oppose it for different reasons. Up until now, the Tories have been unwilling to side with Labour in a way that would significantly imperil the PM. But now, a group of conservatives has teamed up with the Labour Party to deliver a defeat to May’s government. They put a block to any No Deal Brexit into the finance bill currently being considered in Parliament, threatening to crash the entire process.
Theresa May faces a concerted campaign of parliamentary warfare from a powerful cross-party alliance of MPs determined to use every lever at their disposal to prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal in March.
Former staunch loyalist Sir Oliver Letwin signalled that he and other senior Conservatives would defy party whips, repeatedly if necessary, to avoid a no-deal Brexit, as the government suffered a humiliating defeat during a debate on the finance bill in the Commons.
Letwin and 16 other former government ministers were among 20 Conservatives who banded together with home affairs select committee chair, Yvette Cooper, and the Labour leadership to pass an anti no-deal amendment to the finance bill.
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