There were fewer rebels than in previous votes but the PM still lost by 58
By Nicola Bartlett, Political Correspondent
Mirror Online – 29 March 2019
Theresa May's last-ditch efforts to win over Labour and Tory MPs fell flat as she lost by 58 votes. In the previous two votes there were 118 Tory rebels who were then whittled down to 75. Today they were whittled further, with Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg jeered by MPs as they joined the PM.
Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson said he had taken the "painful" decision to back a deal he once claimed would leave the UK as a "vassal state" because defeat for the Prime Minister would risk "an even worse version of Brexit or losing Brexit altogether".
Ex-party leader Iain Duncan Smith, former chief whip Mark Harper and European Research Group members Lucy Allan and Daniel Kawczynski were among Eurosceptic backbenchers who voted with the Government. ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg said he would "reluctantly" back it, despite previously saying he would vote with the DUP.
A group of 34 Tory MPs (full list below) defied the whip. Of those six oppose Brexit and want a second referendum. But the main headache for the PM is the hardcore rump of Brexiteers who refused to switch, despite the PM pledging to resign if her deal passed. Not one Tory abstained.
Meanwhile her efforts to win over Labour MPs ended in disaster, despite Mrs May pledging to give them a bigger say over the next steps of Brexit. Just 5 voted for Theresa May's deal – Caroline Flint, John Mann, Jim Fitzpatrick, Sir Kevin Barron and Rosie Cooper. Only two abstained – Brexiteers Ronnie Campbell and Dennis Skinner.
Of other parties, all 34 SNP MPs, all 10 DUP MPs, all 11 Lib Dem MPs, all 4 Plaid Cymru MPs, Green MP Caroline Lucas and all 11 Independent Group MPs voted against the Brexit deal. Four Independents, Ian Austin, Frank Field, Stephen Lloyd and independent unionist Lady Hermon, voted for Theresa May's deal.
ALL 34 TORY REBELS WHO VOTED AGAINST THE BREXIT DEAL
[28 ‘Spartans’/Leavers; 6 Second Referendum/Remainers]
1. Adam Afriyie
2. Steve Baker
3. John Baron
4. Guto Bebb [Second Referendum/Remain]
5. Peter Bone
6. Suella Braverman
7. Andrew Bridgen
8. William Cash
9. Christopher Chope
10. James Duddridge
11. Mark Francois
12. Marcus Fysh
13. Justine Greening [Second Referendum/Remain]
14. Dominic Grieve [Second Referendum/Remain]
15. Sam Gyimah [Second Referendum/Remain]
16. Philip Hollobone
17. Adam Holloway
18. Ranil Jayawardena
19. Bernard Jenkin
20. Andrea Jenkyns
21. Joseph Johnson [Second Referendum/Remain]
22. David Jones
23. Phillip Lee [Second Referendum/Remain]
24. Julian Lewis
25. Julia Lopez
26. Craig Mackinlay
27. Anne Marie Morris
28. Priti Patel
29. Owen Paterson
30. John Redwood
31. Laurence Robertson
32. Andrew Rosindell
33. Lee Rowley
34. Theresa Villiers