During an interview discussing the votes to be taken today in the House of Common’s Tory MP Anna Soubry outlined her conditions for voting for Ther
During an interview discussing the votes to be taken today in the House of Common’s Tory MP Anna Soubry outlined her conditions for voting for Theresa May’s Brexit deal, noting a second referendum was one condition. Mr Boulton began the interview by recapping the failures of the Prime Minister in her initial Brexit withdrawal agreement. He said: “The problem is Theresa May has been put in this position because of the heavy defeat last week where it wasn’t just Leavers who didn’t support her deal it was Remainers as well.
Ms Soubry replied: “Well it was an interesting combination.
“It was the party within a party which is the European Research Group, ERG.
“There was also a group of people who voted both Leave and Remain who did not like Mrs May’s deal because of the Northern Ireland backstop.
“And then there were people like me who wanted a People’s vote.
“So let me make it clear, I’m told there is no positive suggestion of what one would like, I would vote for Theresa May’s deal.
“I don’t like it and I think it is bad for my constituents, I would vote for it on the basis it goes to the British people and then they have a final say and they decide.”
Unsatisfied with the response, the Sky News host responded: “You yourself have said this was agreed a year ago in December and it has been on the table all this time.
“You are a Conservative MP this is the best the government can do, surely you should support it without conditions.
“Who are you to put down conditions at this stage.”
The Tory MP then snapped: “ I support the deal on the basis that it goes back to the British people.
“With great respect, I am actually acting very responsibly.
“I am saying here is a deal that has been negotiated, apparently it was the best that we could get, put it back to the British people with Remain as an option and I would go as far to say no deal.
“But that is not the important thing because the important thing is what is happening today and a People’s vote is not on any amendment.
“I don’t want to get distracted from what is happening today and this absolutely disgraceful farce of people trying to put the party first and foremost and not the country.”
Today’s votes mark the first opportunity MPs have had to affect the Brexit process since they voted Theresa May deal down earlier this month.
Today’s important and potentially game-changing votes will be on the amendments to that plan, tabled by MPs.