THREE Tory MPs could be on the brink of quitting their party and joining Labour rebels in the Independent Group today.
Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen are rumoured to be ready to walk out this morning.
Darren Fletcher – The Sun Anna Soubry could quit the Tories today
The drastic move would plunge Theresa May into chaos by slashing her tiny majority even further – making her more reliant on the DUP.
All three potential rebels are fiercely anti-Brexit and have been lobbying for a second EU referendum.
They would be the first non-Labour MPs to join the Independent Group which was launched on Monday.
It would push the number of MPs in the group up to 11 – the same size as the Liberal Democrats.
And Mrs May’s Commons majority would be cut to just eight, combining the Tories and DUP.
The Tory trio have been in talks with Labour rebels Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie over the court of this week.
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Phillip Lee, another Tory Remainer, warned the PM she is “in danger of fracturing the party” by refusing to soften her Brexit deal.
He insisted more Conservative MPs would walk out if Mrs May “vacated the centre ground”.
Mr Umunna, Mr Leslie and five other Labour centrists rocked Mr Corbyn when they quit en masse on Monday morning.
They are now sitting as the Independent Group in Parliament and plan to launch a fully fledged new party later this year.
Last night Joan Ryan became the eighth MP to join the group and slammed Mr Corbyn’s leadership.
She told the BBC today: “He has introduced or allowed to happen in our party this scourge of anti-Semitism.
“It has completely infected the party and at every opportunity to deal with it he has not done so.
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“We never had this problem in the party before he was the leader. It comes with him, it is part of his politics I am afraid.”
But far-left trolls welcomes Ms Ryan’s resignation because she is chair of Labour Friends of Israel.
The official Young Labour Twitter account posted a message saying: “Joan Ryan Gone – Palestine Lives”.
Theresa May could see her majority squeezed
PA:Press Association Seven Labour MPs walked out of the party on Monday and formed the Independent Group
EPA Ms Soubry and Ms Wollaston with rebel ringleader Chuka Umunna last month
Getty Images – Getty Heidi Allen with Chuka Umunna and Gavin Shuker of the Independent Group
Chuka Umunna says he’ll set up new political party by the end of the year after Labour exit
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