‘Brexit is dying’ Former Tory MP warns of ‘terrible trouble’ if MPs oust Theresa May

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE UNITED KINGDOM could be left in “terrible trouble” if Conservatives MPs attempt to oust Theresa May from Downing Street, according to a former Tory MP.

Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Matthew Parris warned “Brexit is dying” because differing opinions on the European Union divorce across the party.

Since Brexit talks resumed for the first time since the election, cracks have emerged in the Tories. Several high-profile MPs, including Cabinet members, have spoken out against the Prime Minister vision for a complete split from Brussels.

Philip Hammond has hinted at a transitional deal being implemented beyond 2019 and prominent backbencher Anna Soubry has joined a cross-party effort to pressure Mrs May to negotiate a “close relationship” with Brussels.

Discussing the situation on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme, Mr Parris said: “The right of the Conservative party – the hardline Brexiteers – certainly want to keep her in place, because they have her as a sort of captive in Downing Street and they don’t know who they will get otherwise.

“Brexit is dying, Brexit is in terrible trouble – and with every month that passes, the difficulties become clearer, and the Remain side of the argument becomes stronger.

“The last thing Brexiteers want is a new leader of the Conservative party and a fresh approach to these negotiations, that would be very far from Mrs May’s Lancaster House speech.”

On Monday, Ms Soubry, MP for Broxbourne, was challenged over whether she will happily vote against Mrs May, potentially bringing down her own Conservative Government.

Sky News host Kay Burley suggested it was Tory MPs who had left the Prime Minister “in a position where she only needs six” of her fellow MPs to vote against her on and she will be left in “hot water”.

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