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Spartan Tories insisted today they would never vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal and said staying in the EU for longer was a better solution to the impasse.
The hardline intervention is a fresh blow to the Prime Minister's hopes that sending MPs away from Westminster for a week of Easter holidays would cool tempers.
Mrs - May - Snowdonia - Strategy - Deal
Mrs May herself is in Snowdonia trying to find a new strategy for getting her deal through Parliament after it was crushed three times by MPs.
At the last vote she was still defied by 28 Tory Brexiteer rebels in the hardline European Research Group. Since the vote, the number of rebels has if anything gone back up.
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One of them, former Cabinet minister David Jones, said a long extension inside the EU was better than signing up for the deal. He said delay allowed time for a new deal or better preparations for No Deal.
He was backed by Stewart Jackson, a former Tory MP and chief of staff to David Davis when he was Brexit Secretary.
Mr - Jones - Politico - Extension - Article
Mr Jones told Politico: A reasonably long extension of the Article 50 period, though unwelcome, is preferable to entering the transitional arrangement set out in the Withdrawal Agreement,'
'It enables us to elect a new party leader and then hold an election seeking a mandate for an early withdrawal, if necessary, on World Trade Organization terms.
Problem - EU
'It is not the big problem that the EU thinks it is.'
Mr Jackson told the site: 'It's not a deal — it's a binding international...
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