As Britain and the EU enter into another round of negotiations backbench Tory MPs in the European Research Group (ERG) are determined to scupper the PM’s strategy.
ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg wants the PM to scrap her Chequers Brexit plan which sparked the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.
Rees-Mogg told the Sunday Times today: ‘The prime minister needs to look at what she herself has said, the promises she has made, the commitments of the last election, and see if they square with Chequers and in my view they do not.
‘If she sticks with Chequers, she will find she has a block of votes against her in the House of Commons.’
The ERG is compiling a report which will set out the ‘Canada plus plus’ model and a ‘no deal’ Brexit option.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, a member of the European Research Group, said: ‘In about two weeks we in the ERG are going to come out with our Canada plus plus and no deal proposals.
‘No 10 are trying to pretend that the only choices are between Chequers and no deal and they are trying to demonise no deal. But it will not work.’
An ERG member told the Express: ‘We believe this will attract the support of more than 100 Tory MPs.’
But Brexit secretary Dominic Raab is confident the EU will strike a deal with the UK.
He told the Telegraph last night: ‘Securing a deal is still by far the most likely outcome, but we want to make sure that we clearly set out the steps that people, businesses and public services need to take in the unlikely event that we don’t reach an agreement.’