London, Sep 4: After facing major setback in the first parliamentary Brexit vote on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called to sack those rebels, the members of parliament from his Conservative party, who opposed him in the latest vote, seizing parliament agenda.
Former chancellor Philip Hammond, ex-justice secretary David Gauke, former attorney general Dominic Grieve and Sir Oliver Letwin were among Conservative rebels who opposed Johnson and voted against his government.
Gauke, Hammond, Grieve, Letwin, and ex-minister Alistair Burt had all already inked the legislation ceasing their fate and now, face party expulsion from Conservative.
After the Commons defeat, tonight Downing Street confirmed the whip would be withdrawn from Conservative MPs who sided with the opposition Labour party.
After a major blow to Commons, Downing Street confirmed that whip would be sacked from Johnson-led Conservative party, who joined opposition Labour party and voted against the prime minister.
However, Hammond had previously indicated he would battle any de-selection via the courts.
David Gauke, Alistair Burt, Stephen Hammond, Philip Hammond, Margot James, Ken Clarke, Caroline Nokes, Rory Stewart, Anne Milton, Richard Harrington, Guto Bebb, Antoinette Sandbach, Sam Gyimah and Justine Greening, Richard Benyon, Steve Brine, Greg Clark, Dominic Grieve, Ed Vaizey, Nicholas Soames, and Oliver Letwin – are rebels who were sacked.
“The chief whip is speaking to those Tory (Conservative) MPs (members of parliament) who did not vote with the government this evening. They will have the Tory whip removed,” Johnson’s PM office spokesperson said on Tuesday.