James Cleverly has said Boris Johnson’s forthcoming Brexit proposals will show whether MPs campaigning against a no-deal Brexit are instead trying to prevent Britain leaving the European Union at all.
The Conservative Party Chairman told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the new deal would “flush them out”.
“There have been a number of MPs who have said publically and regularly that what they fear is a no-deal Brexit and that they would be willing to vote for a deal. Let’s see if they’re as good as their word,” he said.
“If people were really just trying to prevent Brexit from happening at all this will flush them out.”
A majority of MPs, including a number of rebel Conservatives, voted in favour of the Benn Act which would order Boris Johnson to ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit deadline if there was no deal in place by October 19.
Mr Cleverly has repeated Mr Johnson’s pledge to leave on the October 31 with or without a deal, and said the EU must now recognise it is their turn to compromise.
“A negotiation is not just one of the parties constantly moving until the other party is happy. A negotiation is both sides moving,” he said.
“The UK has moved and we have made concessions and now what we’re saying to the EU is you have to do likewise, that’s how negotiations work.”
He said finding a solution to the Irish border would take “the most pragmatism and the most flexibility” but a deal can be done that protects “peace and prosperity” in Northern Ireland.