Andrew Bridgen: Theresa May should be 'removed' and replaced with a 'Brexiteer'

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Conservative MP has called for the Prime Minister to be removed and replace with a “Brexiteer” after a backlash from the Brexit withdrawal deal.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, put in a letter of no confidence back of Theresa May back in July.

Joining Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, the Tory Brexiteer said he would be “shocked” if a vote of no confidence in Theresa May is not passed.

 Asked if more Conservative MPs will submit a vote of no confidence, Mr Bridgen said: “I think they are, I’ll be shocked if we don’t.

“With those Cabinet ministers we’re seeing a very similar strategy to Chequers, where people threatened, they didn’t see the paperwork until quite late and they were bounced.

“There’s 518 pages in this draft withdrawal agreement, the cabinet ministers were given a couple of hours to look at the paperwork, they weren’t given enough time, they’ve been bounced again.

"I wouldn’t be surprised [if there is a vote of no confidence], especially given the backlash from the backbenches."

 

On Thursday morning Dominic Raab and Esther McVey became big names in a flurry of resignations, which Bridgen is expecting to see more of.

“I think we are going to see more of this,” he said.

“At the end of the day we served the British people, they voted to leave, and there’s going to be a huge backlash from the public once they see the details of how bad this deal is. The more people find out about this deal the less they’re going to like it.”

 

Second referendum ‘not the solution’

The government has been facing increasing pressure from campaigners to hold a second referendum in a people’s vote. However, Mr Bridgen believes this is “not the solution” and would “undermine” British democracy.

“No it’s [a second referendum] not the solution that would undermine any simple majority we’ve ever had,” he told Julia.

“We need to remove the Prime Minister and we need a Brexiteer in charge: somebody who believes in Brexit.

“We need to draw a line under these negotiations, we need to go for the only deal that President Tusk said in March would deliver in leaving the customs union, single market, European Court of Justice and that is a free trade agreement.”