These 113 Tory Rebel MPs Have Indicated That They Won’t Vote For Theresa May’s Brexit Deal
Forget the 48 letters — this is the number that is really worrying Downing Street.
Theresa May headed off to Brussels to meet Jean-Claude Juncker having faced down — for now at least — attempts by Conservative Brexiteers to oust her over her deal with the EU.
The hardcore European Research Group has spectacularly failed to deliver on its claim to have secured the 48 letters needed to trigger a confidence vote on the prime minister, but there is a number that is worrying Downing Street more.
By BuzzFeed News' count, there are currently 113 Tory MPs who have already publicly indicated that they won't vote for May's Brexit deal.
Our list consists of both Leave and Remain Tory MPs who have either publicly committed to the StandUp4Brexit pledge to reject the backstop, confirmed they have written a no-confidence letter, resigned over the deal, or otherwise publicly indicated that they cannot support it.
The Democratic Unionist Party's 10 MPs are also expected to vote against the deal, meaning just a small number of Tory rebels could spell defeat for May in the meaningful vote.
This is a rolling list — expect Tory whips to convince some of these names to vote with the government, and others to come out against the deal.
Iain Duncan Smith
Sir Desmond Swayne
Sir Bernard Jenkin
Sir Mike Penning
Sir David Amess
Sir Christopher Chope
Sir Michael Fallon
Sir Robert Syms
Sir Greg Knight
Sir Edward Leigh