Tory MPs could defect to the Lib Dems to wipe out Boris Johnson's tiny majority
PUBLISHED: 09:47 29 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:47 29 July 2019
2019 Getty Images
Tory MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit could cross the floor and join the Liberal Democrats to wipe out Boris Johnson's majority in the House of Commons.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism
Jo Swinson refused to be drawn into comment on which MPs she had been talking to as leader of the Liberal Democrats but suggested she had been actively speaking to MPs from different parties to strengthen the anti-Brexit party's hand in the House of Commons.
The Times reports there had been rumours that Phillip Lee, the MP for Bracknell, was considering departing the Tory party to help prevent a no-deal Brexit.
He was the first government minister to resign over Brexit, and has faced a vote of no confidence by his local Conservative association.
You may also want to watch:
But it is claimed that there is "no substance" to the suggestion.
Margot James, the former business minister who resigned shortly as Boris Johnson came to power, has also not ruled out leaving the party.
She has said she could not stand on a Conservative Party ticket if it holds an election promising to take Britain out of the EU without a deal.
The newspaper reports that Swinson is looking to woo the MPs with offers of peerages, under the belief they will be able to put forward more names with the growth of the party.
An insider said: "With the Liberal Democrats expected to win more seats at the next general election, the party should qualify to nominate new peers. It means those tempted to defect could be offered an escape route if they lose their seats."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.Become a supporter