The government has been defeated once again. Which Tory MPs joined forces with the opposition?
The DUP voted with the government, but the decision made by eleven backbench Conservative MPs to vote for the amendment, resulted in the most significant government defeat to date. Who were the eleven rebels?
1. Dominic Grieve
Grieve, who was the England and Wales Attorney General from 2010-14, has been very vocal about the amendment. He currently serves as the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee.
2. Anna Soubry
Soubry is known for being passionately pro-remain. She now serves a backbench Conservative MP, but was previously minister when David Cameron was in power, serving first as the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, and then as the Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise.
3. Nicky Morgan
Another high-profile Conservative rebel was Nicky Morgan, who was previously Secretary of State for Education during David Cameron’s time in power.
On Wednesday, she tweeted that the vote meant that parliament had taken over the Brexit process.
Tonight Parliament took control of the EU Withdrawal process #Article7— Nicky Morgan MP (@NickyMorgan01) 13 December 2017
4. Kenneth Clarke
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer and long-time Europhile voted for the amendment that resulted in another defeat for May’s minority government. His vote was hardly a surprise considering he was the only Conservative MP to vote against the triggering of Article 50 at the start of the year, as reported by the Guardian.
5. Stephen Hammond
The MP for Wimbledon and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Transport, was until this Wednesday Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party.
He tweeted his response to the outcome.
Very disappointed to no longer be Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for London. It was a huge honour and I'll continue to campaign across our capital in the run up to the Borough elections next year.— Stephen Hammond MP (@S_Hammond) 13 December 2017
6. Heidi Allen
First elected in 2015, Allen represents the seat of South Cambridgeshire. She recently wrote in the Telegraph calling for a parliamentary vote on the final Brexit deal, something that looks increasingly likely.
7. Sarah Wollaston
Wollaston, who chairs the Health Select Committee is probably best known for originally backing a vote to leave the EU in last year’s referendum before switching sides mid campaign.
The other four:
- Antoinette Sandbach - a former Welsh Assembly member now the Westminster member for Eddisbury.
- Bob Neill – the Chair of the Justice Select Committee.
- Jonathan Djanogly – the MP for Huntington.
- Oliver Heald – a former Minister for the Courts and Justice.