Dominic Grieve says he’d vote to bring down a Tory government to stop a no-deal Brexit

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The former Attorney General said he was afraid of ‘further deceit that is slowly swallowing up the democracy of this country’

Tory MP Dominic Grieve has said he would vote against his own Government in a motion of no confidence if it tried to bring about a no-deal Brexit.

The ardent pro-European told the House of Commons he would be prepared to topple a Tory prime minister moments before MPs narrowly defeated a motion that would have allowed a no-deal Brexit to be taken off the table.

The MP for Beaconsfield said one of the only remaining means left to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal would be to try and bring down the Government by siding with the opposition.

‘Bring down that prime minister’s government’

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He said: “Throughout this whole unhappy business of Brexit, what I’ve certainly tried to do is try to ensure that there is a process which avoids chaos.

“If we get to a point where a prime minister is intent on doing [a no-deal Brexit]the only way of stopping that prime minister would be to bring down that prime minister’s Government.

“And I simply have to say here and now and I will not hesitate to do that if that is what is attempted, even if it means my resigning the whip and leaving the party.”

No-deal Brexit

A number of senior figures in the Conservative Party who are vying to replace Theresa May have said they will take the UK out of the EU without a deal, despite Parliament being opposed to such a move.

Candidates such as Dominic Raab and Esther McVey have gone so far as suggesting they would prorogue, or suspend Parliament until the 31 October, when a no-deal Brexit would take place as a legal default.

‘It is the only opportunity we’ve got’

Mr Grieve, who is a key figure in the Tory Party’s moderate centre and voted for the motion on Wednesday night alongside nine other colleagues, said:  “I have to face up to the fact that there are some people who wish to lead my party who appear to believe that it is a viable option.

“And indeed, [who]appear to believe that they can’t become leaders of the party without it being an option that they are prepared to put forward.

“All part of a process I’m afraid of further deceit that is slowly swallowing up the democracy of this country and the reputation of this house.”

“It is the only opportunity we’ve got.

“And I’m not going to spend my time talking to children or grandchildren later on and say: ‘you know, when it came to it, I just decided to give up’.

“I won’t do that.”

Mr Grieve is facing attempts to deselect him by his local Conservative association for his outspoken anti-Brexit stance. 

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