Anna Soubry

LONDON — Anna Soubry, a former Conservative minister and one of the party’s most anti-Brexit MPs has threatened to quit the Tories if Prime Minister Theresa May “sides with the hardliners” in the party over leaving the EU.

Writing for the Mail on Sunday, Soubry — who served as Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise under previous PM David Cameron — argues that the Conservative Party could split down the middle unless May takes counsel from the “wise owls” within her cabinet.

“Mrs May must waste no time in taking on the ‘Hard Brexiteers’ and making it clear that she sides with responsible Cabinet Ministers – such as Chancellor Philip Hammond – who appreciate that we need a sensible Brexit transition period to avoid plunging this country headlong into an economic nightmare,” Soubry writes.

“In other words – the wise owls should be ruling the roost.”

May must stand up to the so-called “ideologues” within the Tories, or risk further alienating the large proportion of the parliamentary party that wanted to stay in the European Union and now want a softer Brexit with a long transition period, Soubry added.

“If the Prime Minister or her successor (in the event of Theresa standing down) is not prepared to confront the ideologues, I gravely fear that the party could split – and that would change Britain’s political landscape completely,” she said.

Soubry’s threats of a split in the Tories come on the same day that Chancellor Philip Hammond and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox attempted to quell any accusations of a divide within the government over the UK’s approach to Brexit by publishing a joint column in the Sunday Telegraph.

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Source:: Business Insider

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