Katie Perrior: There was always going to be ‘bloodshed’ over the final Brexit deal

Katie Perrior: There was always going to be ‘bloodshed’ over the final Brexit deal

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Former Communications Director for Downing Street, Katie Perrior has said that Parliament knew that when it came to the final deal “there would be some bloodshed”.

Prime Minister Theresa May has had six resignations against her proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement since it was published on Wednesday night.

Ms Perrior told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “It is astonishing but in a way we have been putting off the inevitable. We were always going to come to a crunch point.

“And the fact that you cannot unite the Conservative Party, you can’t unite the country on this issue, is not surprising.

“We knew that when we came to the final deal that there would be some bloodshed.

“What Theresa May needs to work out is if she has got enough within her to carry on whilst people resign around her.”

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey were among those to resign from Mrs May’s Cabinet.

 

'No mandate for no deal' 

Ms Perrior added that the Prime Minister may still be able to pass the deal as there is “no mandate for no deal” in Parliament “right now”.

“The most important thing for Theresa May right now is that in Parliament there is no mandate for no deal,” she said.

“The rest of the Parliamentarians – yes you have got all the Brexiteers on one side and all the Remainers on the other – but in the middle you have got a big chunk of people who do not want to leave the European Union without some kind of deal.

“She is saying that it is this deal or nothing and they might just follow it.”

There are also suggestions that the Prime Minister will have to face a no confidence vote as MPs put in letters against her. 

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg and former Brexit minister Steve Baker have both put in letters to Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, calling for a no confidence vote against Mrs May.