Anna Soubry Tells May: ‘I’ll Quit Tories Over Hard Brexit’
Anna Soubry (pictured above) has become the first Conservative MP to break ranks and threaten to quit the party over a ‘Hard’ Brexit. Ms. Soubry said that she was prepared to leave and join a new pro-European party if Mrs May continued to pursue the current hard party line on leaving the EU.
Soubry, a former Business Minister, said her ‘country must come before her party’ as she set out why she would be prepared to walk away from the Tories.
Writing in the Mail On Sunday, the Broxtowe MP warned Theresa May that she should side with ‘wise owls’ such as Chancellor Philip Hammond to stop Brexiteers ‘plunging this country headlong into an economic nightmare’.
She also warned that once the public realises they have been ‘conned’ by the Brexit-campaigners, ‘all options must go back on the table’ – clear support for a second referendum. Soubry said:
‘We must face up to the Brexit reality: It is fantasy to think we are going to get a good deal from the EU based on our current negotiating strategy.
‘People will soon see how they have been conned by the Brexiteers. All options must go back on the table.
‘I am proud of my loyalty to my party and my country. People have asked me two questions, if the worst happened and we staggered recklessly towards a ‘Hard Brexit’ that would destroy the lives and livelihoods of my constituents: Could I ever see myself joining with like-minded people who want to save our country from such an appalling fate? And has that moment arrived yet?
The answer to the first question is ‘it is not impossible’; the answer to the second is ‘no’.
But I would be betraying my principles if I did not make it clear that country must always come before party.’
Talk of a new pro-European party to halt Brexit has been circulating since the 2016 referendum result, but nothing concrete has emerged. Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has repeatedly called for the centre-left of British politics to be remade in the light of the EU referendum and General Election results, but has been lukewarm on suggestions of starting a new party.
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.