Andrew Bridgen MP: Theresa May is hanging onto her deal like a 'political lifebelt'

Andrew Bridgen MP: Theresa May is 'hanging onto her deal like a political lifebelt'

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen has said that the Prime Minister is clinging to her deal “like a political lifebelt” but that it will “drag her down”.

Theresa May’s proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement has led to the resignation of seven Conservative MPs, including the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey.

Mr Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham and Dawn Neesom: “It is clear that Theresa May’s draft agreement, which was based on her Chequers proposal, gives further concessions to the EU and is even worse than Chequers.

“It is just not going to go through Parliament so we need another route.

“The Prime Minister seems absolutely determined to hang onto Chequers like some sort of political lifebelt. It is actually a stone that is dragging her down.

“If we can’t chuck Chequers then I’m afraid we have to get rid of the Prime Minister.”


A no confidence vote


Mr Bridgen commented on reports that all Whips had been called back to Parliament on Friday morning, saying it could mean that a no confidence vote is coming.  

 “I have heard these rumours and it would suggest that these 48 letters could well have been triggered,” he said.

“That would mean that there would be a confidence vote in the Prime Minister.

“Graham Brady will have informed Number 10 of this if it is correct.

“It has not been confirmed yet, but I would suspect then that there would be a vote either Monday or Tuesday.

“The rules are ‘at the first convenient time’ so that is not going to be at the weekend, it is going to be when Parliament is sitting and that will be a confidential ballot.”

talkRADIO’s Dawn Neesom described it as "fiddling whilst Rome is burning around us". 

She added: "How much longer have we got to mess around with this Brexit?”

Mr Bridgen added: “Do you want the quick answer or the right answer? In the end you can’t have both.”