Brexit letter signatory Priti Patel says 'of course it's not a threat'

Patel spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer today

Priti Patel gave her views on Brexit and the aid sector crisis

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Priti Patel has rejected suggestions that the letter sent by Tory MPs to Theresa May is a threat to the Prime Minister.

Patel is one of 62 MPs who have signed a letter to Theresa May, mapping out their own vision for Brexit. Some have interpreted the letter as a thinly-veiled warning that May must not cave into the 'soft Brexiteers.'

But Patel said these suggestions were nonsense, saying "of course it's not a threat."

The Witham MP said "unelected officials" were trying to exert influence over the Prime Minister, in an attempt to soften Brexit. But, she added, we must stick to the vision laid out by May in her Lancaster House speech last year.

Patel, the former international secretary, also said the ongoing Oxfam scandal, and Brendan Cox's admission of being a sex pest, are just the "tip of the iceberg" for the aid sector.

But, she added, the sector can use the debacle as the spur to "write a new chapter" and clean up its act to avoid similar scandals in future.

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