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ERG Chair-Stormont Brake Practically Useless; Meet Tmrw To Reach Decision


Christopher Hope at The Daily Telegraph: "ERG chairman Mark Francois MP: "The Stormont Brake is practically useless and the framework itself has no exit." Brexiteer Tories are now set to vote against the Windsor Framework tomorrow. Will Rishi Sunak need Labour votes to get it through?"

  • Francois states that the group has not yet finalised its decision on how to vote on the matter, with a meeting scheduled tomorrow at 1030GMT to make the final call on whether to vote for, oppose, or abstain on vote related to the 'Stormont brake'
  • The issue of whether PM Rishi Sunak will need Labour support to pass the Windsor Framework is largely a moot point. Even if the hard-line Brexiteer European Research Group votes against the deal, a more substantial number of Conservative backbenchers are seen as likely to vote in favour. The ERG's political power has waned significantly in recent years, with the group seen as around 30-strong at present. The gov't holds a 70-seat working majority, meaning that it could afford to lose 35 votes before it began to rely on Labour votes to get the statutory instrument approved.

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