Stamford MP tells Brexiteers to back PM or he'll 'do whatever it takes to frustrate you'
Stamford MP Nick Boles has urged MPs to back the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement, which will be debated in parliament later today.
The MP, who voted Remain in 2016, also threatened to try and delay Brexit and work with opposition MPs on delivering a ‘softer’ Brexit, should the PM lose the ‘Meaningful Vote.’
His comments follow Theresa May returning from Strasbourg claiming concessions from the European Union.
Mr Boles posted on social media this morning: “As Brexiteers tuck into into their porridge this morning, they have a very difficult decision to make. I hope they won’t mind some frank advice from one who is a colleague to all and a friend to some. Do yourselves a favour. Take the win. Vote for the deal.”
The MP continued: “If you don’t, people like me will conclude that you will never be satisfied, that you aren’t open to compromise, that you are hellbent on forcing the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal.
“We will then do whatever it takes to frustrate you. We will vote to stop no-deal Brexit on 29th March. We will vote to extend Article 50 for a few months. And we will then work with opposition parties to build a majority for a softer Brexit deal.
“We are just as committed to our cause as you are to yours. We have learned to ignore the whips and shrug off deselection threats. And one last thing: with our friends on the opposition benches there are many more of us than you.
“I really hope that we can come together this evening and walk through the Aye lobby side by side. Let’s put this nightmare behind us. But if you won’t, please don’t say I didn’t warn you about what comes next.”
His comments follow the MP issuing a statement yesterday also outlining what might happen should the Prime Minister lose the vote later today.
He said: “If the PM loses the meaningful vote on Tuesday and MPs mandate the government to seek a short extension to Article 50, we plan to lay an amendment proposing a Common Market 2.0 Brexit compromise by 18th March
“The cross-party group of MPs supporting Common Market 2.0 will next week launch the Future Relationship Working Group with the objective of identifying the changes in the Political Declaration required to deliver Common Market 2.0
“MPs need to show the EU that an extension has a purpose, that we are not just kicking the can down the road like the PM. Common Market 2.0 is the only Brexit compromise that can win a Commons majority and be agreed with the EU in time exit at the end of June.”