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Anna Soubry says ‘Hard Brexiteer Will Destroy The Party’ Brexit News

Anna Soubry says ‘Hard Brexiteer Will Destroy The Party’ Brexit News

Conservative MP Anna Soubry has launched a blunt attack on “hard Brexiteers” on the Tory backbenches who she said would “not hesitate to destroy this party” to get what they wanted.

In an impassioned speech in the Commons on Wednesday, Soubry said Theresa May to “get a grip” to avoid a “Brexit nightmare”. The Broxtowe MP said she had come to the view that the people should be given a “meaningful vote” on what kind of Brexit deal they wanted.

Soubry said a “consensus” needed to be reached and pushed for the UK to at least join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and remain a member of the customs union after Brexit. “Their inability to grasp Brexit and do the right thing honestly is now at a point where, it has got to stop, and we have got to start to do what is right, and the right thing is to get this Brexit sorted. “Form a consensus in this place and within the country and deliver not just on the referendum result but deliver on the hopes and aspirations of our people.”

Soubry slammed May for not having presented a clear vision to the country or to the EU of what outcome she wanted from Brexit – 19 months on from the referendum result. “If this government doesn’t get a grip at the top of the situation we will indeed walk into a Brexit nightmare,” she says. “I have now come round to the pretty firm view it’s not just in this place we have to have a meaningful vote but the people of this country, they too, are entitled to a meaningful vote,” she says.

“It is not for us. We cannot undo this EU referendum decision. It has to be the people, and it has to be led by the people.” Soubry told May to stop trying to “manage” the most eurosceptic wing of the Tory party. “Even if you gave them what they wanted today they would complain you hadn’t done it yesterday,” she says.

“It’s a battle to the death as far as for as many are concerned, and they will not hesitate to destroy this party, to destroy our prime minister, to get what they want.” Adding: “The government needs to wake up to that reality. Soubry also praised the EU having “put up with so much nonsense” from the UK during the negotiations. “They’ve already made it clear, if we want to remain in the EU, that is an option,” she told MPs. “If we want to continue as a member of the single market and the customs union that too is available.”

Soubry’s speech came as the Tory Minister who said the government’s Brexit policy should be driven by “evidence not dogma” has been disciplined by the party – but will stay in his job.

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