TWO HAMPSHIRE MPs have joined the ranks of Tory rebels.

Caroline Nokes the MP for Romsey and Steve Brine the MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford both have backed a motion to delay Brexit until January 2020.

MPs will now attempt to block a no-deal Brexit having won control of the commons agenda last night.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now vowed to seek a snap general election.

The rebels defied the whip to join opposition parties in a move which will see them take control of business in the House on today.

Their actions were part of a bid to stop the UK crashing out of the EU on October 31.

The Prime Minister said he would table a motion for a poll under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act on Tuesday night, which could be put to a vote on today

However, Labour indicated that they would not back the move - which would require the support of two-thirds of MPs - until chances of a no-deal Brexit were taken off the table.

Mr Johnson said Parliament was "on the brink of wrecking any deal" with Brussels after voting to give the cross-party alliance control of the Commons.

He told MPs: "I don't want an election but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop the negotiations and to compel another pointless delay of Brexit, potentially for years, then that will be the only way to resolve this."

Downing Street confirmed that the 21 Tory rebels - including former chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond - would lose the Conservative whip as a result of their actions.

According to Caroline Nokes her constituents would be worse off under a no-deal Brexit and their futures mattered more than her own as a Conservative MP

While Steve Brine the former health minister said last week he was prepared to hold the PM to his claim a no-deal exit is a "million to one chance".

Following the drama in Westminster, Mr Brine issued a statement. He said: “This week’s battle in Parliament was always going to come but the basic fact is we live in a parliamentary democracy in this country and no Government, should forget that.

“There has never been a majority in the House for no-deal, nor has there ever been a realistic chance of a radically new deal from Brussels. This has been clear for months, and while I wanted to give him a chance, from my personal as well as private exchanges this week with the Prime Minister. It is why the ‘do or die’ 31st October promise was never realistic and only really meant one thing.

“The unnecessary proroguing of Parliament and the bullying tactics of this week only served to convince me that was the case and it was time to stand up and be counted.

“No-deal, far from allowing us to move on and put Brexit behind us as claimed, would resolve nothing and is only a recipe for further uncertainty and delay while causing significant damage to our economy, businesses that employ my constituents, trade with our largest market, the rights of EU citizens and that’s before we even start to consider the consequences for our United Kingdom. I just cannot support that.

“Despite voting to remain myself, I believe we must leave the EU. I am a democrat and I firmly believe that the result of the referendum should be honoured.

“I voted to trigger Article 50 and on three occasions for the perfectly sensible withdrawal agreement unlike many members of the current Cabinet. If MPs from other parties had put partisan self interest aside the UK would have left the EU on March 29.

“Representing a divided constituency, in a divided country, is an almost impossible task but you have to find the common threads and my judgement is for consensus around respecting the vote but not for no deal.

“I know some will agree with my decision and others will feel bitterly let down but I have learned in almost a decade doing this job that, in politics, you have little if you don’t have your integrity and do what you think is right. That matters to me.

“I remain a proud one-nation Conservative and fully back so much this Government is doing, things such as the massive increase in school and college funding I have long campaigned for. But we have a major difference of opinion on how we safely leave the EU and I am confident this is one chapter in a long history of my party.

“To say my mind has been in turmoil in recent days and throughout Summer recess would be an understatement but I have always put my constituency and my country above my own self-interest and I will go on doing that as our MP for as long as Winchester and Chandler’s Ford allows me.”

Former Tory ministers Rory Stewart, David Gauke, Greg Clark, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Alistair Burt, Sam Gyimah, Anne Milton and Caroline Nokes also voted against the Government.

Today is set to be a dramatic day in the Commons, with Mr Johnson due to take his first Prime Minister's Questions at noon before the Chancellor Sajid Javid sets out public spending plans.

MPs will then debate the draft legislation put forward by a cross-party group which would require a delay to Brexit unless there was a deal or Parliament explicitly backed leaving the EU without one by October 19.

A vote on a general election could be held later in the day.

Jonathan P. Legat, Chairman, Winchester Conservative Association, emailed members: "It is with regret that I acknowledge Steve Brine MP has lost the Conservative Party whip.  He is therefore no longer a Conservative MP and is ineligible to stand as a Conservative Parliamentary Candidate.

"I would like to thank Steve for all his hard work representing Winchester over the last nine years.  He has been a hard working and dedicated MP and I wish him the very best for the future.

"Together with the Officers of the Association, I am monitoring events as they unfold and making preparations for selecting a new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate.  These will involve holding an Extraordinary Executive Council meeting followed by a Special General Meeting for all eligible members, to elect by ballot our candidate, the dates of which will be announced in due course."