Tory rebels vow to resist 'blood-curdling threats' over Brexit bill

Dominic Grieve opposes ‘mad’ effort to fix a Brexit date, as PM faces battle to get the EU withdrawal bill through Commons

Theresa May is facing a Tory revolt over her efforts to fix the date of Brexit on 29 March 2019, with former attorney general Dominic Grieve saying he would vote against the amendment regardless of “blood-curdling threats” and “arm twisting” from Conservative whips.

On the first of eight days of debate on the European Union withdrawal bill’s committee stage, the former attorney general was one of several Tory MPs to express their opposition to the move and up to 15 could revolt over the issue when it comes to a vote in the coming weeks.

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