Theresa May's Brexit deal 'keeps us in’, says Ann Widdecombe

Monday, July 9, 2018

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has warned that Theresa May’s new Brexit policy ‘keeps us in, in everything except name’.

The former MP for Maidstone and The Weald was seemingly shocked by the announcement of David Davis’ resignation because it was thought everyone had ‘signed up’ to Prime Minister’s Brexit plan.

“I think the first resignation - David Davis’ - came as a bit of a shock, because we had the weekend and everyone seemed to have been signed up to it, and quite suddenly, no, they weren’t after all,” she said.

With the appointment of Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary, and now the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, questions have now appeared on the current leadership of the Conservative party.

“The question is will there be any more? Are Fox and Gove going to stick it out? And does this actually have any implications for leadership?,” questions Widdecombe.

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“I suspect not because the fact is, whoever is leading the party in the House of Commons, whoever is the Prime Minister, is still going to be operating without a majority. So, I can’t quite see the attraction of trying to change leader at this stage with the Brexit negotiations still going on.”

Questions still remain whether more Tory MPs will follow David Davis and Boris Johnson in resigning, but Widdecombe has concluded that the new deal still keeps us in the European Union in “everything except name.”

“David Davis didn’t accept the deal. Obviously Boris can’t accept it. There will be a few back benchers that won’t accept it. This was our big opportunity. The nation has voted to come out and what this does is keep us in, in everything except name.”