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Ministers in Theresa May's Government are prepared to defy her and to vote for a backbench plan to give MPs power to block a no-deal Brexit, a Tory MP has warned.
Nick Boles told the BBC that some non-Cabinet ministers had told him directly they would quit if whipped against a bill allowing parliamentarians to demand Article 50 be extended for fresh talks with Brussels.
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Speaking to the Radio 4 podcast Political Thinking the Grantham and Stamford MP also said members of his local Tory party in Lincolnshire may try to deselect him because of his stance on Brexit and said he continued to receive death threats.
Mr Boles' dropped a planned bill giving more power to the backbenches on Wednesday but has swung behind the cross-party replacement European Union Withdrawal (Number 3) Bill, which is due to be tabled by Labour's Yvette Cooper on Monday.
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He told the programme's presenter Nick Robinson: 'We have had indications that many ministers, including Cabinet ministers are very, very keen to see it pass and are telling the Prime Minister that they will not vote against it.
'There is a bandwagon rolling, it's got a lot of momentum behind it and I very much hope that any MP who shares my view that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster, will jump on board.
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'I have been told directly by ministers, not in the Cabinet, that they have said that they would resign if they are whipped to vote against it.'
Mr Boles dropped his own bill after a provision that gave more power to the cross-party Liaison Committee - made up of select committee chairs - was criticised by some of its members, with chairwoman Sarah Wollaston indicating it would not accept the role.
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Mr Boles highlighted the division that Brexit has caused within Tory...
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