Brexit Central: Government 'lying to MPs' over Brexit deal

Dominic Raab discussing the Chequers White Paper with MPs in Parliament

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Government has been accused to lying to MPs faces about their plans for Brexit, according to Brexit Central.

Theresa May’s White Paper was published on Thursday outlining Britain’s plan for leaving the European Union. In which, the Prime Minister hopes will avoid a hard Brexit and a hard border with Northern Ireland and the EU.

Newly announced Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab was due to take questions in Parliament today by MPs, but had failed to give ministers the White Paper before proceedings began, leading Speaker John Bercow suspending the House for 5 minutes.

Marcus Fysh, MP for Yeovil, has accused people inside government of “lying to MPs faces about what they are doing”, after writing a piece for Brexit Central.

Jonathan Isaby, editor of Brexit Central, spoke with Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO this morning, and he said: “I think a lot of this comes down to a matter of trust, Marcus Fysh has written a piece for Brexit Central this morning, where he accuses people inside government of lying to MPs faces about what they are doing.

“There’s a sense almost if the government were to admit that, yes, it has reached its red lines, that this is the best we can do, there might be a little bit more sympathy among conservative backbenchers who are uneasy about the deal.

“Somebody said to me after the 1922 Committee meeting on Monday when Theresa May spoke to the backbenchers, the government is speaking in double-speak, they’re claiming x when they’re actually doing the opposite, and that’s causing MPs to feel they can’t trust the Prime Minister, so how that makes the country feels goodness only knows.”

Mr Raab, during his statement, told MPs the white paper sets out the "right Brexit deal", adding: "This is our vision for a bold, ambitious and innovative new partnership with the EU: principled and practical, faithful to the referendum - it delivers a deal that is good for the UK and good for our EU friends."