Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has said that Theresa May now think “any deal is better than no deal”, adding that if the Prime Minister’s agreement was not a bad deal, he did not know “what a bad deal looks like”.
The Prime Minister announced on Monday that the meaningful vote on her EU Withdrawal Agreement would not take place on Tuesday afternoon as expected.
The MP for North West Leicestershire told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “One of the inconsistencies is that Theresa May has said that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ but if we think the current withdrawal deal is not a bad deal, I don’t know what a bad deal looks like.
“She appears to switch to any deal is better than no deal. Why we haven’t got the 48 letters is because colleagues are concerned that were she to survive the confidence motion that the 48 letters would trigger, that would mean she was unassailable for 12 months.
“Given the fragile situation in Parliament that could mean that she leads us into another General Election, which colleagues find quite concerning.”
He added: “I put my letter in on July 9, after the Chequers’ proposal when it was clear to me that where we were heading was going to be somewhere worse than Chequers.”
'A huge difference'
Bridgen added that he did not expect the Prime Minister to come back with a good deal because the President of the European Council said they would not “renegotiate”.
The Conservative MP said: “Donald Tusk has been very clear about not reopening the Withdrawal Agreement. The Prime Minister seems to be of the opinion that it is only the Irish backstop that colleagues have concerns about, and it is just not.
“We started out on this journey saying that nothing was agreed until everything is agreed and the £39bn in divorce payments was in return for a future relationship.
“Now we are being asked to pay £39bn of taxpayers’ money to talk about having a future relationship and that is a huge difference.”
President Tusk wrote on twitter: "I have decided to call #EUCO on #Brexit (Art. 50) on Thursday. We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate UK ratification.
"As time is running out, we will also discuss our preparedness for a no-deal scenario."