Anna Soubry, a pro-European ex-business minister has threatened to resign from her post as MP for Broxtowe if the government continues with plans to leave the EU, simply because it was the preferred option of a fair and open referendum.
Ms Soubry said that her suggestions to keep the best bits of the relationship with the EU and scrap the rest had been turned down by Downing Street as unrealistic, something that she firmly blames on hard-line Brexiteers, such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Yearning for past victories she explained, “The will of the people is not important, look at how we crushed the miners and ignored the protests over Poll Tax in the past.
“We seem to have started listening to the majority and that is going to be a very slippery slope. That isn’t what the Conservative party is about.”
“It is no longer the party that I joined 40 years ago, “ claimed a miffed Ms Soubry, “for a start, we are in power, but we have also stopped recognising the important people in society, such as sanctioning knighthoods for the likes of Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith. We are falling apart.”
Bemoaning the ‘good old days’ she went on, “the party of the 1980s was dynamic. OK, I know that there were problems with sex scandals, paedophile rings and rent boys, but it’s a small price to pay for a backbone.”