THE UNITED KINGDOM could be left in “terrible trouble” if Conservatives MPs attempt to oust Theresa May from Downing Street, according to a former Tory MP. Matthew Parris
warned “Brexit is dying” because differing opinions on the European Union divorce across the party.Since Brexit talks resumed for the first time since the election, cracks have emerged in the Tories. Several high-profile MPs, including Cabinet members, have spoken
out against the Prime Minister vision for a complete split from Brussels.Philip Hammond has hinted at a transitional deal being implemented beyond 2019 and prominent backbencher Anna Soubry has joined a cross-party effort to pressure Mrs May to negotiate a “close relationship” with Brussels.Discussing the situation on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme, Mr Parris said: “The right of the Conservative party – the hardline Brexiteers – certainly want to keep her in place, because they have her as a sort of captive in Downing Street and they don’t know who they will get otherwise. “Brexit is dying, Brexit is in terrible trouble – and with every month that passes, the difficulties become clearer, and the Remain side of the argument becomes stronger.“The last thing Brexiteers want is a new leader of the Conservative party and a fresh approach to these negotiations, that would be very far from Mrs May’s Lancaster House speech.”On Monday, Ms Soubry, MP for Broxbourne, was challenged over whether she will happily vote against Mrs May, potentially bringing down her own Conservative Government.Sky News host Kay Burley suggested it was Tory MPs who had left the Prime Minister “in a position where she only needs six” of her fellow MPs to vote against her on and she will be left in “hot water”. The Conservative backbencher, attempting to deflect blame, said it was the “electorate” who were to blame for Mrs May’s minority Government.Ms Soubry added: “I don’t think there is any election ever where the people haven’t actually got what they wanted.“In this instance, they decided not to give the Conservative party that big majority that we sought. “The people have spoken, and that’s why everything has changed. The idea we were going to get a hard Brexit has gone because I have no doubt that is not what the majority of people in our country want. “That is one of many reasons, but we went to the country on the basis of strengthening the Prime Minister’s hand and the people turned round and said no.”This comes as Mrs May is set to publish her Repeal Bill, which will transpose all EU legislation into British law. MPs will debate the legislation this autumn, giving Remainers the opportunity to thwart Britain’s European divorce by voting against the Government in the Commons..