Cameron warned over devastating Commons defeat as Brexit MPs plot to derail Queen’s Speech

19 May

In a sign of the increasingly bitter splits within the Tory party over the EU referendum, the group of potential rebel MPs have sent a warning to Mr Cameron he could be the first Prime Minister to lose a vote on a Queen’s Speech for 92 years.

The last time a Government was defeated on a Queen’s Speech vote, which is usually passed as a formality, was in 1924 and led to the resignation of then-prime minister Stanley Baldwin.

The Tory rebels, made up of eurosceptic MPs, have tabled an amendment to yesterday’s Queen’s Speech that would require the Commons to “respectfully regret that a Bill to protect the National Health Service from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was not included in the Gracious Speech”.

The amendment has also been signed by Labour MPs and the SNP’s Chris Stephens.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today confirmed his MPs would be backing the amendment when the Commons votes on the Queen’s Speech.

It means, with the support of Tory eurosceptics, the Prime Minister would see his Commons majority vanish.


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