Tory deselection threat 'may boost plan to stop no-deal Brexit' – AuthenticAfrican

Posted on by Peter Walker Political correspondent

Confrontational approach by No 10 may embolden rebel MPs, says David Gauke

An expected Commons vote this week to block a no-deal Brexit could be “very tight”, David Gauke has predicted, adding that government threats to deselect Conservative MPs who defy the party on the issue could actually boost rebel numbers.

At the start of what could be a tumultuous and fractious week in parliament and politics more widely, the minister-turned-backbench rebel said the threats seemed to show Boris Johnson was intent on forcing a general election.

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