Anna Soubry: I feel marginalised in my own party

PUBLISHED: 11:41 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:49 04 October 2018

Anna Soubry on ITV's Peston programme (Image: ITV)

Anna Soubry on ITV's Peston programme (Image: ITV)


Tory Remainer MP Anna Soubry has said that she feels "marginalised" in the Conservative party and has warned that Theresa May is pitching for a "blindfolded" Brexit.

The MP criticised her party for banning a People’s Vote event from the conference arena and even the programme.

“But Boris Johnson could have a blatant leadership bid – a dreadful attempt to undermine the prime minister at the most critical time of negotiations in a decade – and was allowed to happen in the conference centre.”

MORE: From the Imperial March to Thomas the Tank – the best remixes of May’s dance

She told Peston: “That worries me about the direction of travel.”

Soubry also said that Theresa May is now pitching for a “blindfold Brexit” because her Chequers plan will not pass.

She explained: “There will be a deal on security and there will be a deal on EU citizens and other important things, but when it comes to trade there will be no deal.”

MORE: Tesco says it is making preparations to stockpile for Brexit

She said instead there will be a “general statement of intent” which will just be “nice and sweet words about our future relationship” devoid of “flesh on the bones”.

“It’s a blindfolded Brexit, and there will be no deal as we were promised.”

She added: “David Davis as secretary of state said in the House of Commons that the government would deliver the ‘exact same benefits of the single market and customs union’ and I know because it was in answer to my question.”

MORE: Deluded Farage believes that the EU is ‘scared’ of Britain

MORE: May claims People’s Vote would ‘destroy trust in politicians’ and everyone reacted the same way

MORE: Get FOUR issues FREE when you subscribe to The New European

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Find out more

Latest Articles

Most Read

latest issue


Here's our weekly pick of the upcoming Remain-focused campaign activities, talks and events nationwide.

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy