Senior Tory figures in the British parliament are ready to seize control of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) if lawmakers reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the bloc in an upcoming vote, a new report suggests.
The report in the Sunday Times said that senior lawmakers from May’s ruling Conservative Party were planning to put forward a motion in the House of Commons that would make May unable to go ahead with her plans for Britain’s departure from the EU if she loses the Tuesday vote.
It said two groups of Tory lawmakers were seeking to table the motion right after May’s highly expected defeat, sources within the 10 Downing Street said.
That means lawmakers would try to change the rules governing relations between the Commons and the government to give Parliament the upper hand in the Brexit process.
One senior figure branded the potential move a “very British coup” which could upend the…