MPs are storming their way through the Queen’s Speech debate this afternoon, with a vote on that troublesome EU referendum bill amendment expected around 7pm. But for all their talk in the past few days, those in the pro-amendment camp are noticing a fading away in support. One source tells me:
‘Given all the whips’ pressure, 60 would be good.’
When I pointed out that the whips were supposed to be incredibly relaxed about the whole thing, the source gave a hollow laugh.
This is odd, as Downing Street is briefing that this is a free vote and that anyone who supports it isn’t a rebel. But Sky’s Jon Craig suggests that William Hague is going to appeal to Tory MPs to reject it at the 1922 Committee meeting, which is taking place at the moment. So is the party leadership relaxed about this vote or not?
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