Former Tory member Anna Soubry broke into a rant on the no deal vote expected later tonight while in the House of Commons. After her complaints, Michael Gove took the opportunity to make a dig at Mrs Soubry legal past claiming that he “now knows why Lawyers would get paid by the hour”. After this comment, the Tory defector immediately called for a point of order to respond to Mr Gove.
She began her rant by saying: ‘The cat is now out of the bag Mr Speaker.
“Of his own admission, this motion does not take no deal off the table.
“My understanding was that at the dispatch box this House was given a guarantee that today we would have the opportunity to take no deal off the table.
“The Honourable gentleman not only confirmed that Mr Speaker but also informed us of this.
“Is it the case that the Government is offering a free vote on the amendment that was called, amendment F.
“And yet it is whipping against the amendment A.
“The Honourable gentleman and the opposite don’t want to hear it but it is a shameful carry on when a former chairman of the Conservative party is whipped against to the extent that she will not push that amendment to the vote.
“This House will be denied the chance to take no deal off the table, that is the truth of it isn’t it.”
Mr Gove said: “The right Honourable lady is a distinguished criminal barrister.
“Now I know what it is like to be cross-examined by her.
“But I also understand why Lawyers are paid by the hour.”
Mr Gove then paused as the House of Commons erupted in laughter and cheers.
The Tory defector then arose from her seat while folding her arms seemingly unimpressed and called for a point of order.