Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

May – the great Remainer! Former PM sits with Tory Brexit REBELS behind Boris in Commons | Politics | News


Mrs May sat with Kent Clarke, the Father of the House, during Mr Johnson’s speech. It was a pointed move just a few rows back from the PM and his front bench. It also marked Mrs May’s first return to the Commons since quitting Downing Street.

Mrs May’s successor started by saying MPs know that this country still stands for democracy and the rule of law, particularly as today is the 80th anniversary of the UK joining World War Two.

He also talked about Brexit and said “practical alternatives” to the backstop are available, before adding he will meet Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, in Dublin on Monday.

During his speech, Conservative MP Philip Lee crossed the floor of the House of Commons and his defection means Mr Johnson’s Government no longer has a working majority.

Mr Johnson also said his government is “determined to leave the EU on October 31 come what may”.

He added there are “solutions which avoid infrastructure on the Irish Border”.

He then added “those solutions have been well worked out”.

In his speech, Mr Johnson also assured that he told EU leaders that the UK wants a Brexit deal.

He told MPs: “I was also able to use the G7 to follow up my conversations in Berlin and Paris with Chancellor Merkel and President Macron on Brexit, as well as with Prime Minister Conte, Prime Minister Sanchez and President Tusk.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s bill was called a “surrender bill”.

Speaker John Bercow said opposition MPs and rebel Tories’ bill will not be voted on tonight.

There will just be a vote on a mechanism to allow the vote to go ahead.

Former Prime Minster Theresa May was spotted siting three rows behind Mr Johnson and among members of the Tory party who have made it clear they are against plans to prorogue parliament to get a potential no deal passed.

This included former Cabinet Office Minister Damian Green and Ken Clarke, who expressed their firry at a five week suspension of Parliament in September.

Meanwhile, Mr Lee said he had defected to the Lib Dems because he said the Conservatives are “aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit”.

In a statement, Mr Lee said: “Over 27 years ago I joined the Conservative and Unionist Party led by Sir John Major.

“Since 2010 I have had the privilege of representing the Bracknell constituency. The Party I joined in 1992 is not the Party I am leaving today.

“This Conservative Government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways.

“It is putting lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily and it is wantonly endangering the integrity of the United Kingdom.

“More widely, it is undermining our country’s economy, democracy and role in the world.

“It is using political manipulation, bullying and lies.

“And it is doing these things in a deliberate and considered way.”



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