Stamford MP slams 'control freak' PM as he seeks to remove 'No Deal' Brexit
Stamford MP Nick Boles is at the centre of today’s political turmoil over Brexit.
The MP this morning slammed the Prime Minister as a “control freak” who needs to resign as soon as a deal is struck.
He has also joined forces with opposition MPs in a parliamentary amendment to stop a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which will be voted on in parliament tonight.
Mr Boles’ actions follow Theresa May losing last night’s 'meaningful vote' on her Withdrawal Agreement by 391 votes to 242.
The MP voted with the Prime Minister but earlier in the day warned Brexiteer MPs, who favour a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
He told them: "We will then do whatever it takes to frustrate you. We will vote to stop no-deal Brexit on March 29. 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."
Today, Mr Boles took to the airwaves.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Eurosceptic MPs had to “start with realities” that less than a quarter of MPs would accept a ‘No Deal’ Brexit and said he expected a move to reject ‘No Deal’ would pass handsomely.
He then told Radio 5 Live that Theresa May has not allowed discussion of “alternative compromises” and “never been allowed to debate and vote on anything other than her deal.”
He branded the PM as a “control freak” who has “very clear red lines.”
Mr Boles added the PM must go as soon as a deal is agreed.
“Not now, because the government needs to be led,” he continued.
“I’m not in any sense a fan of her staying for any longer than necessary, but right now it is necessary that she continues to conduct these negotiations.”
Tonight’s parliamentary vote sees Mr Boles join forces with MPs including Conservative MP Oliver Letwin, Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn, plus Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna of the Independent Group of MPs.
Their amendment seeks to prevent the country leaving the European Union on March 29 if the government has not agreed a 'deal' to leave.