Grieve: It says it all the PM is relying on a criminal lawyer to sell Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May listens to the Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox. Photograph: PA Wire.

Prime Minister Theresa May listens to the Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox. Photograph: PA Wire.

Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve said it filled him with "gloom to see that the government had got to such a pass it had to rely on the advocacy skills of a criminal defence advocate to get it out of its difficulties."

Speaking in the House of Commons the People’s Vote supporter told MPs that the past two years and during the referendum the UK has been “living in a fool’s paradise in relation to expectation”.

He said: “The analogy of the airlock in which we were assured that if we placed ourselves for a period of time in an uncomfortable position we find that door would open to the fields of ambrosia beyond, whereas I’m afraid my own view is that we will either choke to death in the airlock as a nation or when the door finally opens we will find the landscape little to our liking.”

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He also questioned whether the alternatives being proposed to May’s deal could be justified.

He said: “There are members who are prepared to consider for example going for a Norway-style option, which I have to say seems to me to be an example of the elites picking up the carpet and brushing the broken glass under it to try to avoid the difficulties that have been created.”

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