Boris Johnson has threatened to sack dozens of Tory MPs if they rebel against the government over Brexit. Opposition MPs are planning legislation to stop a no-deal Brexit.
MPs are to return back to parliament on Tuesday where the prime minister will face a showdown in the House of Commons after he prorogued parliament.
The “hard right has taken over” said Tory MP Nick Boles, and a senior source from the whip’s office told the BBC that MPs that voted to block a no-deal will “destroy” Johnson’s Brexit negotiating position with Brussels.
The senior source at the whips office said, “The whips are telling Conservative MPs today a very simple message, if they fail to vote with the government on Tuesday, they will be destroying the government’s negotiating position and handing control of parliament to Jeremy Corbyn.
“Any Conservative MP who does this will have the whip withdrawn and will not stand as a Conservative candidate in an election.
“There is a chance of a deal on 17 October only because Brussels realises the prime minister is totally committed to leaving on 31 October.
“All MPs face a simple choice on Tuesday: to vote with the government and preserve the chance of a deal or vote with Corbyn and destroy any chance of a deal.”
Pro-Remain MPs, including Ken Clarke, Philip Hammond, David Gauke, Rory Stewart and Dominic Grieve, will most likely vote for legislation designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Gavin Williamson MP told ITV, “Anyone who is voting against the government is in the position where they are voting to undermine the government’s negotiating hand.”