Yesterday evening, Daniel Kaczynski resigned claiming that the “hardcore element” of the party were jeopardising Brexit. The MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham is reportedly now part of a 28-strong group of former ERG MPs who have broken away from the main group due to their hardline Brexit stance, according to talkRADIO. The popular radio station reported: “The 28 remaining Tory Brexit rebels are meeting separately from the rest of the ERG.
“They met at lunchtime today. Their WhatsApp group is called ‘the real mainstream’.”
The ERG has been a constant thorn in the side of Theresa May and have voted against the Prime Minister’s deal despite Jacob Rees-Mogg admitting that he would back Mrs May in the most recent vote.
In a statement following his resignation, Mr Kaczynski said: “Have decided to resign from ERG.
“Despite excellent Chairmanship by Jacob Rees Mogg who has accommodated all views I can no longer be a member of the caucas which is preventing a Withdrawal Agreement from passing.
“Hardcore element of ‘Unicorn’ dreamers now actually endangering Brexit.”
The group holds a significant amount of influence in the Commons but with the split, it could provide Mrs May a lifeline in trying to get her deal through Parliament.
The ERG split comes as the House of Lords passed an amendment which required the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Article 50 in the aim of avoiding a no deal Brexit.
The Yvette Cooper bill aims now has become enshrined in law and requires Mrs May to seek an extension beyond April 12.
MPs also rejected an amendment which sought to stop Brexit being delayed beyond May 22.
Mrs May will request a Brexit delay until June 30 during an emergency EU summit on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister also spoke to Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on Monday to discuss her desire to extend Article 50.
The Irish Prime Minister expressed his openness to the idea of the of extending the withdrawal deadline.