Anna Soubry, the former business minister, has warned that Brexit could end up dividing the Conservative party, unless Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, “stands up” to a minority of hard-line Eurosceptics.
The backbencher, who has long argued that the United Kingdom should remain in the customs union and the Single Market after Brexit, informed the BBC last night that the front bench was “in hock” to approximately 35 “ideological Brexiteers who are not Tories.”
Soubry, a Broxtowe MP, stated: “They are not the Tory party I joined 40 years ago, and it is about time Theresa stood up to them and slung ’em out. They have taken down Major, they took down Cameron, two great leaders neither of whom stood up to them.”
Soubry warned that she and many others would leave the party if Prime Minister Theresa May fail to act soon.
“If it comes to it I am not going to stay in a party which has been taken over by the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson. They are not proper Conservatives,” stated Soubry. “Unless Theresa stands up and sees off these people she is in real danger of losing huge swathes of not just the parliamentary party but the Conservative party.”
She is the latest in a long line of Tory MPs to deliver their frustrations at the leadership of Theresa May.
Last January Nicholas Soames criticised the government for its “dull, dull, dull” policies, while some also compared the party to a bus that is teetering on the edge of a cliff.