14.03.2019 | ERG's Baker reveals plan to ensure UK leaves EU on March 29 - ‘There are things we can do’
Source - The Daily Express
The March 29 date is currently written into UK law despite efforts by some MPs to change it. The House of Commons will today vote on whether it wants to delay the UK's departure from the bloc. But the ERG’s deputy chair Mr Baker told ITV Peston his Eurosceptic allies have “things they could do” to ensure the original date is upheld.
He said: “It is still law that we are leaving on the 29th March.
“As a matter of practice unless the law is changed we are leaving on the 29th March.”
To which host Robert Peston asked: “Can you stop the law being changed?”
Mr Baker replied: “There are some things we could do to prevent the law going through in the time that is available, yes.”
When asked if he “might do that” Mr Baker emphatically said: “Yes.”
The hardline Brexiteer also indicated he would not be bullied into voting for Theresa May’s much-maligned Brexit deal unless it “changes substantially and the UK becomes an independent country”.
He said: “If it doesn’t change substantially, if we can’t become an independent country, then no I won’t be voting for it.
“And I know I will have the support of all the leaders of the campaign groups out there because I canvassed their opinion earlier today.
“I asked them: in the light of this vote to take no deal off the table, in the light of the probable extension tomorrow, do you think we did the right thing yesterday?
“The leaders of this campaign, the people who follow the detail overwhelmingly think we did the right thing, notwithstanding this chaos, to vote the deal down - because it is so bad.”
Mr Baker’s damning intervention came after Mrs May suffered yet another embarrassing defeat in the Commons on Wednesday.