answer for their actions

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Tory MPs opposed to no deal called for meetings with their constituents to answer for their actions



19 JANUARY 2019 • 8:02PM

Sir Oliver Letwin and Sir Michael Fallon's Conservative associations have both convened meetings so members can confront their MPs about their involvement in bids to prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal.

Members of Sir Oliver's West Dorset association, which he has represented for 22 years, expressed surprise at his attempt to usurp the Government's control over the parliamentary timetable, said he appeared to have "gone rogue".

A survey of Sir Michael's Sevenoaks association found that two-thirds backed a no-deal Brexit, putting them at odds with their MP.

Both MPs rebelled against the Government on January 8, to back a Commons amendment which would limit the Government's scope to make tax changes following a no-deal departure.
Sir Oliver has since helped to construct a mechanism to allow backbenchers to seize control of the Commons order paper in an attempt to force an extension of the Article 50 notice period under which the UK would otherwise leave the EU on March 29.

He insists the UK is not properly prepared for a no-deal Brexit and said he fears " serious short-term disruption" from a no-deal exit.

Paulette Furse, the chairman of Sir Michael's Sevenoaks association, said a survey she had conducted found that two thirds of local Tory members wanted the country to leave without a deal.

"It’s our job as Conservatives to prepare go out on World Trade Organisation terms and stick to our manifesto of delivering Brexit," she said.

"It’s the only thing to do now because the EU have made it clear they’re not going to budge and have said they’ve given us the best deal they’re going to give."

Sir Michael voted against Theresa May's deal, saying it was the "worst of all worlds".

But explaining his opposition to a no-deal outcome, he said: "I've always worried about no deal because of tariffs in the short term and disruption here in Kent."

The West Dorset association is due to hold a special general meeting on Friday evening to give members an opportunity to question Sir Oliver, who is due to retire at the next election, about his recent actions in Parliament.

On the same evening Nick Boles is due to face his Grantham & Stamford association, many of whom have written to the group's chairman calling for him to be deselected as a Tory candidate.

An invitation from Chris Loder, Sir Oliver's association chairman, was sent out to members on January 9, the day after the MP broke the Conservative whip to vote in favour of a cross-party amendment to the Finance Bill.

One member said: "There is a perception that he has gone rogue and turned up in the [pro-Remain MP] Anna Soubry camp and a lot of people are very surprised by that."

Ms Furse said: "I did my own survey and just over two thirds of our membership wanted to leave on WTO. Near enough half of our membership responded. Well over 300."
But she added: "I don’t want to speak against Michael Fallon. He could be, for all I know, be voting for the good of us."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics...als-rebelling/