The Tory MP for Stone lauded the “unity” shown by his Government colleagues after it was suggested the party would rip itself apart over differing Brexit opinions.
Theresa May bridged a Cabinet divide, persuading both senior Brexiteers and Remainers to come on board with her plans to move Brexit talks forward to trade.
The Prime Minister agreed to a deal that will see the UK remain in “full alignment” with the EU on matters that affect Northern Ireland.
Despite seeing a defeat by hardline Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, the pair will support Mrs May as they press for their own red lines, such as a “bespoke” transitional deal and a departure from the Commons Fisheries Policy.
There was talk of a Tory MPs openly discussing ousting their leader with a vote of no confidence.
Speaking following on from an address by the Prime Minister on the state of Brexit negotiations, Sir Bill said: “Does my Right Honourable Friend welcome the outbreak of unity on these benches regarding the outcome of the progress report?
“Does she also agree that there is still a number of matters that will need to be resolved? There are serious questions that will be addressed by the European Scrutiny Committee, who will be paying attention to those questions in all seriousness.”
The Stone MP added: “Will she also agree that, actually, the opposition have demonstrated, not only today but for the last weeks, a complete inconsistency on every point of principle and detail that is simply a national disgrace.”
The Labour Party has seemingly been at their colleagues’ throats after displaying considerable inconsistencies in the party’s Brexit plans.
Speaking during a July interview with Andrew Marr, Jeremy Corbyn said it was impossible for the UK to be in the EU’s single market while not a member of the bloc.
He said: “The single market is dependent on membership of the EU. The two things are inextricably linked.”
Mr Corbyn even sacked three members of the shadow cabinet for defying him over a key Brexit vote.
Three shadow ministers were sacked and at least one resigned after they joined 49 MPs who supported a rebel amendment to the Queen’s Speech, in June, calling for Britain to stay in the single market and customs union.
And now, the party’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer urged the Government to put access to the customs union and single market “back on the table” after a failed attempt to strike up a deal for the Irish border.
Sir Keir told the Commons, on Wednesday, December 8, the Government was an “embarrassment” to Britain after the DUP refused to back a possible Brexit deal due to reservations about the Irish border arrangement.
He said: “”Will the Prime Minister now rethink her reckless red lines and put options such as a customs union and the single market back on the table for negotiation?
“Because if the price of the Prime Minister’s approach is the break-up of the Union and reopening a bitter divide in Northern Ireland, then the price is too high.”
A party spokesman later said: “We want a final deal that retains the benefits of the Customs Union and the Single Market.
“Options for achieving the benefits of the Customs Union should not be swept off the table. Labour is flexible as to whether the benefits of the Single Market are best retained by negotiating a new relationship with the Single Market or by a bespoke trade deal.