Theresa May is issuing an astonishing “back me” ultimatum to Tory Brexiteers today.
If they refuse to pledge their support for her twice-defeated withdrawal bill she will REFUSE to put it to another vote.
That means the PM will go off to Brussels on Thursday to ask the EU for a long extension – and permission to elect new batch British Euro MPs.
Mrs May said: “The idea of the British people going to the polls to elect MEPs three years after voting to leave the EU hardly bears thinking about.
“There could be no more potent symbol of Parliament’s collective political failure.”
Last week MPs were fooled into passing a motion for a long postponement to Article 50 if Mrs May’s third attempt at her so-called MV or “meaningful vote” was not passed this week.
They understood that to mean a vote would be taken on Tuesday or Wednesday. But what that motion cunningly failed to promise was that it would be held.
Tory whips are now hitting the phones today to deliver Mrs May’s threat to the 66 Tory rebels who voted against her.
They will be told that MV3 will be their last chance to deliver Brexit this year. But if the Government is not confident of the numbers then MV3 will be abandoned. Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has invited the various factions to join him in talks to thrash out a compromise.
And we can reveal that former Foreign Scretary Boris Johnson is planning to launch his Tory leadership bid with sacked international aid boss Priti Patel as his running mate.
Tomorrow Ms Patel will kick off their campaign by spearheading an assault on foreign aid.