“How the government handles this in the next few days is quite important,” he said. “It is still open to the government to clarify what they will do in the circumstances of no deal. Colleagues want to know what parliament’s role is in that position.”
Lord Heseltine’s sacking could either embolden or deter other potential rebels, he said. “Goodwill could be eroded quite easily.”
Anna Soubry, a pro-EU MP, has said she will vote against the government next week to try and obtain a “meaningful vote” for parliament before the UK leaves the EU.
The former government minister has also been urging fellow Tories to abstain from the vote as a way to keep the Lords amendment in place without defying their own government.
“If Michael Heseltine is prepared to put himself on the line, if he has the courage, I will be doing the same,” she told the Financial Times.
Number 10 were “scaredy cats” for refusing to give a written promise of a parliamentary vote,” she said. “The only conclusion is that in the event of no deal they will jump off the cliffs towards a hard Brexit. This country did not vote for that.”
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Financial Times: Europhile Tories plot rebellion after Heseltine’s sacking