Tory rebels vow to resist 'bloodcurdling threats' over Brexit bill

Dominic Grieve promises to vote against ‘mad’ effort to fix Brexit date, as Theresa May faces battle to get EU withdrawal bill through the House of Commons

Dominic Grieve, the ringleader of the Tory rebels, has declared he intends to vote against the government’s efforts to fix the date of Brexit on 29 March 2019 regardless of “bloodcurdling threats” and “arm twisting” from the whips.

On the first of eight days of debate on the European Union withdrawal bill’s committee stage, the former attorney general described Brexit as an “extraordinarily painful process of national self-mutilation”, as he warned that he would not be ordered to vote against his conscience.

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