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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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