Anna Soubry believes the PM has 'an almost impossible task'
The Tory MP claims she now considers herself an “ex-Remainer” after resigning herself to Brexit, but she maintains her belief that leaving the EU is not the right decision for Britain.
Speaking on Newsnight alongside Brexiteer Bernard Jenkin, she said: “I think our country’s lost the plot, and I’m extremely worried about our future.”
I think the Prime Minister’s been remarkably courageous in stepping up and accepting this baton which she clearly would not have chosen to have had
Asked if she thought Theresa May could deliver Brexit in the allotted timescale, Ms Soubry immediately dismissed any hopes that Britain’s EU exit will be delivered by March 2019.
She said: “I think she’s got to be big and brave to say if we need more time [or] if we need a transition period.
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“We’ve got this vote and we’ve got to deliver it.
“I think the Prime Minister’s been remarkably courageous in stepping up and accepting this baton which she clearly would not have chosen to have had, and she’s now got to delivered four bespoke deals in under two years – almost an impossible task.
“She’s got to resist the calls from dear Bernard here, with his merry band who’ve been wreaking havoc in my party for decades, to avoid a hard Brexit.”
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Mr Jenkin immediately hit back, even suggesting the negotiations period will be “simple”.
He responded: “There’s one huge advantage that the UK and the EU have – all our regulation is currently aligned.”
Theresa May signed the doument to begin Brexit talks on Tuesday
The news comes after the Prime Minister was pictured signing the document that gives formal shape to the British people's wish expressed last June to quit the EU.
The closely guarded letter formally notifying the EU of our intention to leave and setting out her Brexit principles was then being despatched to Brussels for UK ambassador Sir Tim Barrow to hand over in person to President of the European Council Donald Tusk.