According to reports by Sky News, a group of 30 MPs told party whips that the potential impact of a hard Brexit and the inability of the Conservatives to win a majority should force the Conservatives to rethink their stance of ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’.
The phrase was mentioned in the Conservative manifesto and has been repeated by Brexit minister David Davis, who is heading up the Department for Exiting the European Union.
…I went through manifestos at the weekend, parties with 52% of vote ruled out No Deal: Lab (40) + LibD (7.4) + Green (1.6) + SNP (3) = 52%
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) June 21, 2017
It is also claimed that a group of Tory centrist MPs, elected in 2015, are members of a WhatsApp group that aims to ensure that the Prime Minister is not overly influenced by the European Research Group (ERG), a contingent of Conservative Brexiteers.
The report comes after it emerged that only one in four Britons believe the government to be properly prepared for Brexit negotiations.
The survey by YouGov found that just 25% of people think the Conservative government is ready to get the best deal for Britain.
In contrast, almost two thirds of those surveyed believe the government is not ready for the negotiations.
Three out of ten people (30%) said Britain is ‘not well prepared at all’ and another 32% believe the government is ‘not very well prepared’.
On Monday, David Davis began Brexit negotiations in Brussels, with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warning that the UK faced ‘substantial consequences’ as a result of Brexit.
Today’s Queen’s Speech laid out the government’s plans for Brexit, confirming the Prime Minister’s intention to remove Britain from the single market and the customs union.
The Queen unveiled 27 bills and draft bills that focused heavily on the country’s exit from the European Union.
The headline legislation revealed was the Repeal Bill (formerly known as the Great Repeal Bill), which will enshrine EU laws into UK law.