A Tory MP has snubbed an invite to watch England’s World Cup clash in Downing Street tonight because the PM is not ‘bringing Brexit home’.
Henry Smith said he is refusing to join his party colleagues in watching the semi-final against Croatia as he fears that Theresa May‘s Brexit stance could jinx the club.
But his decision sparked a withering rebuke from the Tory chief whip Julian Smith, who told him to give the invite to one of his constituents in Crawley, Sussex, instead.
Tory Eurosceptics are furious that the PM’s ‘third way’ Brexit plans – and Mrs May is battling to cling on as leader of her party and the country.
Mr Smith took to twitter last night to publicly announce his decision to snub the World Cup invite.
Henry Smith (pictured left) said he is refusing to join his party colleagues in watching the semi-final against Croatia as he fears that Theresa May’s Brexit stance could jinx the club. But his decision sparked a withering rebuke from the Tory chief whip Julian Smith, who told him to give the invite to one of his constituents in Crawley, Sussex, instead
The astonishing Twitter spat comes as the Tory civil war over Brexit erupts into full public view on the wake of the shock resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.
Sally Bercow, wife of John Bercow the Speaker of the House of Commons, said she would be happy to snap up the invite
He tweeted a picture of it, adding: ‘Received this invite to watch tomorrow’s England-Croatia World Cup semi-final in 10 Downing Street.
‘Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home…I’ll pass.’
But hitting back online, the chief whip replied: ‘Henry if you would like to transfer your invite to a constituent let me know. Let me have their name first thing-they will be welcome.’
Mr Smith responded : ‘Thanks Julian but the pubs of Crawley are irresistible.’
Crawley is the hometown of England manager Gareth Southgate – and the pubs will be packed with fans to watch tonight’s hotly anticipated match.
But while the Crawley MP was left unimpressed by the invite, others rushed to try to snap it up – including Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons Speaker John Bercow.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘We won’t be childish and bad-mannered. One Speaker, one wife and three kids would love to come….’
Henry Smith said Theresa May (pictured outside No10 on Monday) would jinx the match because she does not support Brexit coming home
The England squad (pictured celebrating their goal against Sweden in the quarter final) are playing against Croatia tonight in a World Cup clash
The whip replied: ‘As he is a Conservative MP you are all welcome :)!’
Mrs Bercow wrote back: ‘How kind. Thank you so much. I must correct you though – J resigned from Conservatives in June 2009 when he became Speaker.
‘Was terribly sad to do so obvs. Thanks again #itscominghome.’
The row comes as Mrs May is facing a relentless ‘guerrilla war’ to make her drop her Brexit blueprint.
Two more senior Tories, Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield, quit from their posts as Tory vice chairs yesterday in protest at her plans.
And a ringleader of the Eurosceptic revolt warned of a resignation every day until Parliament goes into recess in a fortnight.
Mrs May has been given a one-week ultimatum to conceive a new plan or else face a no-confidence vote, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The group threatening the prime minister said it has 48 MPs prepared to write to the 1922 Committee, thereby triggering a ballot on Mrs May’s leadership.
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