SIR VINCE CABLE says a ‘significant’ number of Labour and Tory MPs are plotting to desert their parties and join with him in an attempt to halt Brexit.
The Lib Dem leader responded to reports that up to six on the Labour benches could defect to a breakaway movement within ten days.
He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: ‘There are some Conservatives as well, it’s not just the Labour Party.
‘As of now they are basically working with us to stop Brexit to try to get a People’s Vote. The figure of six quoted this morning seems very much at the lower end of figures quoted to me.
‘There is a much bigger group of Labour MPs who are deeply unhappy with Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and don’t see any future in the party.’
The six Labour MPs planning to break away include Chris Leslie, Angela Smith and Luciana Berger, according to The Observer.
None of them confirmed the claims but Mr Leslie said: ‘A lot of people’s patience is being tested right now. I think there are some questions we are all going to have to face, especially if Labour enables Brexit.’
Ms Berger, parliamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, said she was concerned by the party’s handling of anti-semitism allegations. Tory bosses fear pro-Europe MPs including Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen could defect if Theresa May cannot get a Brexit deal through parliament.
Sir Vince’s Lib Dems are actively campaigning for a second referendum — which Mrs May opposes and Mr Corbyn has so far declined to call for.