- Former minister Anna Soubry has questioned whether Brexit will happen at all
- Ms Soubry suggested a referendum or general election could reverse process
- Tory MP joining forces with Remainers from other parties to attack government
A leading Tory Remainer today claimed that Brexit might never happen as she vowed to work with opposition MPs to force the government into a softer approach.
Former minister Anna Soubry refused to rule out the verdict of the referendum being reversed altogether as she was interviewed alongside Labour’s Chuka Umunna.
She also admitted she was closer politically to Mr Umunna than fellow Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Ms Soubry was interviewed alongside Labour’s Chuka Umunna and vowed to press the government to take a softer approach
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show with Mr Umunna this morning, Ms Soubry was asked if she thought Brexit would ‘definitely happen’.
‘Will it definitely happen? I genuinely don’t know what is going to happen,’ she replied.
Pressed on how it could be stopped, Ms Soubry pointed to the possibility of a second referendum or election.
‘Well I’ll tell you who might stop it, and that’s the people of this country,’ she said.
‘We won’t stop it. It is the people. We gave the people a referendum to start this process.’
Mr Umuna added: ‘There is no majority in the House of Commons for us simply to jump off a cliff.’
Ms Soubry said Mrs May could alleviate her concerns by allowing the UK to remain in the customs union – something the Prime Minister has ruled out.
Failure to do that would be ‘bad for our economy but it also fundamentally undermines the peace process that was achieved and this is really important’.
Appearing on the BBCs Andrew Marr show today, former minister Anna Soubry refused to rule out the verdict of the referendum being reversed altogether
Theresa May (pictured meeting Japanese investors in Downing Street last week) is trying to break the Cabinet deadlock over Brexit, with a series of keynote speeches by senior minister planned before she finally sets out her vision of Britain’s post-EU future
Ms Soubry said Mrs May would be defeated on Brexit in the Commons ‘if she’s not careful’.
When presenter Andrew Marr suggested that Ms Soubry is closer in her politics to Mr Umuna than she is to Jacob Rees-Mogg, she replied: ‘I’m not denying that.’
The comments risk fuelling tensions as Mrs May tries to break the Cabinet deadlock over Brexit, with a series of keynote speeches by senior minister planned before she finally sets out her vision of Britain’s post-EU future.
The Prime Minister, along with Mr Davis,Boris Johnson, and Liam Fox – all hard-Brexit Cabinet Ministers – will use the set-piece occasions to outline what No 10 is billing as ‘Britain’s road map to Brexit’, ahead of next month’s crunch negotiations with the EU.
As Mailonline revealed last week, Mr Johnson’s speech on ‘liberal Brexit’ is due to happen on Valentine’s Day.
But Mrs May risks a fresh rift with Chancellor Philip Hammond by freezing him out of the three-week process.
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