Today Theresa May is set to ask the Commons for another fortnight’s grace to continue talks with EU leaders to make alterations to the Irish backstop. However angry ministers believe “it’s too late” to delay the vote by another 14 days and are planning to revolt. In secret discussions on Monday, ministers said they want Mrs May to hand over Parliamentary time to backbenchers if there is no progress in the talks.
They will then try and pass a bill that will enforce an extension to Article 50 talks.
It comes before another vote on Thursday for Parliament to give the go-ahead on her plan to offer MPs another say at the end of the month if there is no deal.
One minister told The Sun: “Just kicking this down the road another two weeks to give us another vote on February 27 is not going to be enough.
“It’s too late for that.”
The rebellion is being led by former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin.
In his plan rebel Remainer Nick Boles will not retable his amendment with Labour’s Yvette Cooper, which called for a Brexit delay to avoid no-deal on Thursday.
Another of the Tory rebels told The Sun: “We want to secure a specific commitment from the PM for parliamentary time to make sure February 27 really is high noon.
“If we get it, then there will still time be time to get the Cooper/Boles bill Royal Assent by mid-March, so we won’t need to press a vote on it this week.”
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The secret discussions come after a senior EU official lashed out at the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy, accusing her of running negotiations “down to the wire” and pursue an “insane” timetable to get a deal agreed and ratified by both Westminster and the European Parliament.
The source told The Daily Telegraph: “We’re still at square one.
“We’ve just lost the month of February.
“Mrs May is now flirting with no-deal and there’s no point where we’re going to enter full-blown blame game mode.”