Now leading Brexiteers scrapping among themselves

PUBLISHED: 10:04 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 30 January 2018

Leading Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith

$image.copyright

International trade secretary Liam Fox's warning that some Tories will "have to live with disappointment" has drawn a sharp rebuke from fellow leading Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith.

After days of Tory turmoil over the government's Brexit strategy and questions over whether Theresa May can remain as prime minister, Dr Fox called for an end to the Conservative briefing war.

He told the Sun: "It doesn't help us for people to be involved in this sort of briefing they were over the weekend against individual colleagues because nothing that would happen would change the parliamentary arithmetic.

"We don't have a working majority, other than with the support of the Democratic Unionists, and we need to accept the reality of that.

"I know that there are always disappointed individuals but they're going to have to live with disappointment."

In response, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith told Dr Fox that the situation would be improved if Cabinet ministers said less and stuck to Mrs May's stance.

The former self-styled Quiet Man told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't quite know what he means by disappointment. My view is leaving is the right thing to do and we will benefit from it in due course.

"I have a very simple message for my colleagues, generally: people should just calm down. The reality is this was always going to be bumpy.

"I think the best message I might send to Liam Fox and others is that, actually, if Cabinet ministers said a little less and speculated a little less about where they were, and stuck to what Theresa May has said, we might not have all of these disagreements."

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

Support The New European's vital role as a voice for the 48%

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.

  • Become a friend of The New European for a contribution of £48. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish)
  • Become a partner of The New European for a contribution of £240. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook
  • Become a patron of The New European for a contribution of £480. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook and an A3 print of The New European front cover of your choice, signed by Editor Matt Kelly

By proceeding, you agree to the New Europeans supporters club Terms & Conditions which can be found here.



Supporter Options

Mention Me in The New European



If Yes, Name to appear in The New European



Latest Articles

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Grassroots anti-Brexit campaigners are increasing the pressure on politicians ahead of a series of important votes this year. Here is a list of the events organised across Britain in the coming weeks and months.

Trending

Newsletter Sign Up

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

Our Privacy Policy