THERESA MAY faces a rebellion by Conservative MPs who are threatening to combine with Labour and the SNP to amend the Bill to trigger Article 50.
Pro-Remain Tories are concerned that if Brexit negotiations fail, Britain would leave the EU without any agreement and parliament would be unable to do anything about it.
Former ministers Anna Soubry and Dominic Grieve were among those reported to be considering a vote to modify the legislation during the three-day committee stage starting today, along with veteran pro-European MP Ken Clarke who was the lone Tory to rebel at the second reading.
Ms Soubry (above) told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘The PM has been absolutely clear. If she gets a deal she will be back to the House of Commons, in fact both chambers, and there will be votes.
‘But, if there is no deal, then the Government will determine what happens next. I think it should come into Parliament. I don’t know why people are so fearful of that.’
The move has angered pro-Leave Conservatives who fear it is a backdoor way of derailing Brexit. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry insisted Labour would not block the bill’s final reading.
■ DIANE ABBOTT is facing more calls to quit from within her own party over her ‘Brexit flu’.
Labour MPs are expected to raise questions about the shadow home secretary’s future at a private meeting tonight.
Ms Abbott (pictured), one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies, failed to turn up after he issued a three-line whip to MPs telling them to vote in favour of triggering Brexit.
Abbott claimed she had a ‘migraine’. Labour MP Caroline Flint told ITV: ‘Look, it’s about being part of a team. If she can’t support the leader on this, she should go.’
Labour MP John Mann also said she should resign.