Addressing Theresa May during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Peter Bone presented Theresa May with the gloomy possibility of losing support from a large number of MPs in her party. The Tory Brexiteer claimed reports on her soon-to-be-announced Brexit deal would suggest she has failed to deliver the Brexit Britons voted for.
He said: “Is the Prime Minister aware that if the media reports of the EU agreement are in any way accurate, you are not delivering the Brexit people voted for?
“And today you will lose the support of many Conservative MPs and millions of voters across the country.”
The Prime Minister struggled to come up with a response as she appeared to wait for MPs in the House to keep quiet before she could address Mr Bone.
She eventually responded: “What we have been negotiating is a deal that does deliver on the vote of the British people, in the list that I set out earlier I left out one of the things that the British people are very keen to see from this deal which is an end to free movement and we will ensure that we are delivering on that.
“What we’re doing is delivering a deal that delivers on that vote, in doing so protects jobs, protects the integrity of our United Kingdom and protects the security of people in this country.”
In a bid to get a Brexit deal agreed with the Brussels bloc, the Prime Minister may have signed up to the possibility of a permanent customs union with the EU, unless a better deal is reached within two years.
Jeremy Corbyn also attacked the Prime Minister’s draft deal, describing it as a “failure in its own terms”.
The Labour leader, speaking during PMQs, said: “After two years of bungled negotiations, from what we know of the Government’s deal it’s a failure in its own terms.
“It doesn’t deliver a Brexit for the whole country… it breaches the Prime Minister’s own red lines, it doesn’t deliver a strong economic deal that supports jobs and industry, and we know they haven’t prepared seriously for no deal.”
Mrs May said Mr Corbyn was “wrong” in his description and accused Labour of seeking to “frustrate” Brexit.
She told the Commons: “Time and time again he has stood up in this House and complained and said that the Government isn’t making progress, that the Government isn’t anywhere close to a deal.
“Now when we’re making progress and close to a deal he’s complaining about that.
“I think what that clearly shows is that he and the Labour Party have only one intention: that is to frustrate Brexit and betray the vote of the British people.”