Every former Conservative and Labour MP who quit the parties in protest over issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism has failed to be re-elected.
Former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve are all suspected of being assisted by members of the European Commission, it was reported.
Another source added: “The Government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities.
Downing Street has launched a major investigation into alleged links between foreign governments and the MPs behind the ‚Surrender Act‘ which could force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Sources said No 10 took the unprecedented action after officials received intelligence that the MPs, including former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, had received help drafting the Bill from members of the French Government and the European Union.
Under the plan, if the rebels are not allowed back into the party, the Liberals and the Greens would not put up a candidate against MPs Rory Stewart, Sam Gyimah, Margot James and Dominic Grieve.
In return, if they were to beat the official Tory candidates and win election to the Commons, they would agree to take a ’soft whip‘ from the Liberals, meaning they would vote with Ms Swinson’s party on selected issues.
Grieve’s plan was less concerned with the meat of the legislation itself than it was with giving MPs opportunities to impose their will on an executive determined to leave the EU without an agreement. Now that is has failed, the legal path to progrogation remains clear to a prime minister sufficiently motivated to take it – though the politics are still tricky.
Mr Grieve, the chairman of Parliament’s intelligence watchdog, has been heavily criticised locally for his efforts in the House of Commons to frustrate attempts to take the UK out of the European Union.
Now 66 local activists – more than the 50 required under the party’s rules – have submitted a formal notice calling for a deselection vote at a special general meeting.
Dominic Grieve said the disclosure to a newspaper of an NSC discussion about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s potential involvement in the development of the UK’s 5G mobile network was „corrosive and undesirable“.
Guess what, MPs: if you defy the democratic will, the demos will punish you.
He backs a second referendum and last week said Mrs May’s attack on parliament for blocking her Brexit deal left him „never more ashamed to be Conservative“, adding: „I could have wept.“
The chairman of the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association, Jackson Ng, said the no confidence motion was passed at the association’s annual general meeting on Friday evening.
MPs vote down proposal by Labour MP Yvette Cooper.
British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday his party would back a three-month delay to Brexit if the government cannot get an exit deal approved by parliament before Feb. 26.
Das britische Parlament (House of Commons, „Unterhaus“) wird den am 29. März rechtskräftig werdenden Austritt des Landes aus der „Europäischen Union“ wieder aufheben und dessen „Verschiebung“ beschließen.
Damit fliegt die Demokratie-Simulation im Zuge der „Globalisierung“ auch im Vereinigten Königreich auf.
Analyse, Hintergründe, Livestream.
A group of between 10-15 MPs confronted Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown in his office last night demanding him explain the decision. Sources said the group included some of Mr Corbyn’s biggest leftie supporters.
One furious insider said: “How are we going to explain this when we claim not to be blocking Brexit but we’re effectively going to kick it into the long grass.”
A country, proud and independent, standing on its own two feet, confident again in our democracy, bold enough to compete by being the best, British workers making high- quality products and delivering high-quality services.
A country that says it will be the best by having better pay, conditions and a healthier environment than anyone else in Europe or worldwide.
Is that not something to be confident in voting for, my fellow MPs? Let’s get on with it.
(24.1.2019) The gang of Labour and Tory MPs who were backing a so-called People’s Vote blasted Jeremy Corbyn for killing off their chances of winning.
Tory MP Dr Sarah Wollaston had planned to table the ‚doctor’s amendment‘ to next Tuesday’s crunch Brexit motion to demand a second referendum.
But stood outside Parliament this morning flanked by pro-EU Labour MPs Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna, she announced a U-turn.
Members of the the cross-party People’s Vote campaign have admitted they don’t yet have enough support from MPs to get another EU referendum.
(20.1.2019) The results came as at least two cross-party groups of MPs plan to table amendments in the House of Commons to delay or frustrate Mrs May’s Brexit plans.
One group, including senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Tory former minister Nick Boles, is backing a bill to suspend the Article 50 withdrawal process if there is no new deal with Brussels by the end of February.
as ever, it’s worth reading a lawyer’s exact words rather than simply accepting assurances about intent. Here is the precise wording (with my emphasis):
‘…a Motion in connection with the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union in the name of at least 300 Members of the House elected to the House as members of at least five parties and including at least 10 Members elected to the House as members of the party in Government shall stand as the first item of business;’
So such a motion would not require the support of ten MPs from the governing party, only ten MPs ‘elected to the House as members’ of such a party. In other words, MPs who had defected, or resigned the Whip, or been expelled from the governing party would still count as lending support from the Government benches. How convenient.
Copy of the letter of complaint sent to Sunday Times from Sir David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons:
I write as Head of the House of Commons service to complain formally about the article published on the front page of The Sunday Times on 20th January.
Your claim that a named official was “drawing up plans to overturn the normal rules of parliament” in support of “rebel MPs” are insinuations of improper behaviour and support for a particular political position, and a gross misrepresentation of the nature of the relationship between Clerks and Members of Parliament. Providing advice to MPs is a key part of the job of Clerks. MPs from all parties and with a range of views will regularly approach the Clerks to get advice on how to get their view into a motion or amendment, or how to draft a Private Member’s Bill on a particular topic. They will offer such advice regardless of any personal views on the subject.
The pro-EU Tory will this week table an amendment which would give a minority of MPs the power to keep Britain in the EU.
He wants to hijack the Commons statement being made today by Theresa May on the way forward for Brexit.
If successful, his amendment would allow Article 50 to be suspended indefinitely on the say-so of 300 MPs.
Leaked emails obtained by this newspaper show that Dominic Grieve, the former attorney-general, has been in secret communications with Colin Lee, the clerk of bills, with the explicit intention of suspending Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Lee drew up three versions of the plan for Grieve — each of which would overturn centuries of parliamentary precedent — and then swore him to secrecy.
Shifty Dominic Grieve fancies himself as a Remain superhero, outwitting the Government to rob 17.4million voters.
He doesn’t give a damn about the little people, of course, being a grand QC and former Attorney General.
But Grieve is doing catastrophic harm to his party, to Parliament and our democracy. History won’t be kind to him.
As you might expect from Grieve, a QC, it’s well put-together. It identifies a weak point in Britain’s constitutional architecture, and proposes to take a shot. If he hits his target, it might not just take down Brexit but a whole lot more besides.
If his amendment passes a minority of 300 MPs across five parties – with only 10 Tories needed – would be able to control the parliamentary agenda. Effectively creating a minority opposition controlled legislature.
Grieves Vorschlag soll vorsehen, das Parlament darüber abstimmen zu lassen, Artikel 50 auszusetzen. Der Artikel regelt den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU. Grieve plane, seinen Vorschlag mit nur 300 Stimmen zu beschließen. Das ist weniger als die einfache Mehrheit der Stimmen im Parlament. Grieve ist für einen Verbleib Großbritanniens in der EU.
Europhile Grieve is working with other Remainers, including Labour rebels, to try and block the UK leaving the EU on March 29 without an agreement with Brussels.
They plan to put their motion to a vote in Parliament which if backed by 300 MPs could spark legislation to extend or revoke Article 50.
That would be considered highly controversial as it would challenge the unwritten constitution that only an elected majority government can control UK policy.
A cross-party group of MPs, including Dominic Grieve, the former Conservative attorney general, wants Theresa May to give Parliament a greater say in deciding how Britain leaves the European Union.
It comes after reports emerged at the weekend of a planned “coup” by unnamed senior MPs to grab control of the parliamentary timetable by allowing backbenchers’ legislation to take precedence over the Government’s.
And there is only one possible name for this one. It has to be the Parliament of Pygmies, presided over as it is by the pygmy-in-chief, Speaker John Bercow, who, early in his period of office, was denounced by one infuriated Minister as a ‘sanctimonious, stupid dwarf’.
Ordinarily all this would be no more than matter for wry amusement. But the times are anything but ordinary. So strange are they, in fact, that the pygmies think they are giants and ape the gestures of the parliamentary greats of the past.
Commons Speaker John Bercow secretly met Tory rebel Dominic Grieve just hours before throwing out centuries of tradition to allow the MP to scupper Theresa May’s Brexit plans.
The pair spoke in Mr Bercow’s grace-and-favour Commons apartment the day before the Speaker tore up the rule book to allow the former Attorney General to table an amendment to wrest control of Brexit from the Prime Minister, The Mail on Sunday can reveal