SNP MP Pete Wishart was shocked when Tory Brexiteer Sir William Cash shot down his anti-Brexit argument in Parliament. Mr Wishart told the House that Nigel Farage and his like were to blame for the anti-EU sentiment in the Conservative Party now. However, Sir Bill pointed all the way back to the implementation of the Maastricht Treaty and those who opposed it back then.
Mr Wishart snapped: “I’m so grateful to the High Priest of hard Brexiteers. The reason that the UKIP and Farages, whatever incarnation we’re on now, have disappeared is because they’ve become the Conservative Party.
“Their whole agenda has been accepted and subsumed into the Conservative Party.
“It is almost impossible to tell the modern Conservative Party apart from the UKIP and Farages of the past.”
Sir Bill shot back: “The Maastricht rebellion took place in 1992, 1993, long before either UKIP or the Brexit Party was ever really thought of.”
The Maastricht Treaty, known formally as the Treaty on European Union, is the international agreement responsible for the creation of the European Union (EU).
It was signed in February 1992 by the members of the European Communities in Maastricht, Netherlands, to further European integration.
The Maastricht Rebels were British members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the then governing Conservative Party who refused to support the government of Prime Minister John Major in a series of votes in the House of Commons.
This was on the issue of the implementation of the Maastricht Treaty (Treaty on European Union) in British law.
This was a major event in the life of Mr Major’s troubled second term as leader.
There were 22 rebels on the second reading of the European Communities (Amendment) Bill in May 1992, and the government’s majority at the time was only 18.
The rebellion had the support of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Party Chairman Norman Tebbit.
MPs have now given their final backing to the bill that will implement the UK government’s Brexit deal.
The Commons voted 330 to 231 in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and it will now pass to the House of Lords for further scrutiny next week.
If peers choose to amend it will it come back before MPs.
The bill covers “divorce” payments to the EU, citizens’ rights, customs arrangements for Northern Ireland and the planned 11-month transition period.
The UK is due to leave the EU on January 31.
SNP MP Pete Wishart was shocked when Tory Brexiteer Sir William Cash shot down his anti- Brexit argument in Parliament. Mr Wishart told the House that Nigel Farage and his like were to blame for the anti- EU sentiment in the Conservative Party now.