An Opposition Day Motion published quietly by Labour yesterday could thwart the Prime Minister’s plans for Brexit tomorrow if it can tempt enough Tory rebels.
As Political Scrapbook reported, Labour has introduced a motion calling on the Tories to commit to publishing their plans for Brexit before Article 50 is triggered.
The government says they don’t want to reveal their hand before Brexit negotiations are finalised.
But this allows the Tories to push for hard Brexit (which would badly hurt the UK economy) until its too late for Parliament to stop it.
Labour is hoping a minor Tory rebellion could stop May’s plans.
Yesterday the Tory MP Anna Soubry (pictured) told the BBC that up to 40 Tory MPs could side with Labour on the motion. She told World at One:
These things are incredibly important. This actually transcends party politics and tribalism.
Backbencher Ken Clarke told the Independent the same:
I plan to support the Labour motion on Article 50 in what appears to be its current form.
The Opposition Day Motion isn’t binding, but with all eyes on how many Tories side with it, the pressure could be too much for May.
As the Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh says this morning:
There is undoubtedly a hardcore of Tory Remainers who like the idea, but there’s also some Leavers who want May to be more straight with Parliament.
This could be the first time Labour force Tories on the defensive over Brexit