Prime Minister Johnson instructed Chief Whip Mark Spencer to write to the expelled MPs which include Cabinet members under Theresa May to inform them of the appeals process. There is speculation the decision has been triggered by a potential Northern Ireland Brexit deal for which Mr Johnson needs as many MPs as possible to force through the Commons. Chancellor Sajid Javid, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have all called for Mr Johnson to offer an “olive branch” to some of the 21 MPs who sided against the Government.
The Telegraph reports Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland have also supported some MPs being allowed back, with a source close to Mr Buckland saying: “While the decision to remove the whip is understandable, there must be a way back.”
The development comes after a Scottish court ruled Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament was unlawful, with the Supreme Court ruling next week.
On Wednesday evening, the Government published its Yellowhammer document which predicted medical, fuel and food shortages as well as Channel delays and public disorder in the event of a no deal Brexit.
The documents are however almost six weeks out-of-date so thus does not take into consideration Mr Johnson’s turbo charging of no deal preparations.
There are believed to be three different versions of Mr Spencer’s letter suggesting some MPs could have an easier time getting back into the party.
A Government source explained: “It’s not like they’re all one block. Some are fully off the reservation while some are people who want to have some path back – maybe by voting for the government in Queen’s speech, or voting for a new deal.”
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