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THERESA MAY’S handling of Brexit could lead to Britain’s “first-ever Marxist government” a group of Tory MPs — including Winston Churchill’s grandson — warned today.
The One Nation caucus of MPs, which includes Nicky Morgan, George Freeman and Sir Nicholas Soames, a descendant of Britain’s wartime prime minister, said the PM’s successor should be someone who stands a “chance” of avoiding further divisions in the country.
In a letter to the Guardian, the group wrote that leaving the European Union could be a “bold moment of change” if the next prime minister unites “all four parts of the union, north and south, Remain and Leave.
“The next prime minister must redefine Brexit as a One Nation project. If they do not, the door will be wide open for Britain’s first-ever Marxist government and a likely decade of decline.”
Ms May has said she is preparing to make a “bold offer” to MPs in a final attempt to get her beleaguered deal through Parliament and onto the statute book before she leaves office.
However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had heard nothing yet from the government that would persuade him that Labour should now fall in behind her proposed withdrawal agreement with Brussels.
“We haven’t seen whatever the new Bill is going to be yet but nothing I’ve heard leads me to believe it’s fundamentally any different to the previous Bill that’s been put forward, so as of now we’re not supporting it,” he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.
“I think what would be a fair assessment would be to say Vote Labour, challenge austerity and guarantee living standards for the future, not a no-deal exit from the European Union which is all that’s being offered by the Tory right and, in a sense, by the Tory party.”
Ministers will begin discussions tomorrow on a package of measures to be included in the forthcoming Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) aimed at securing cross-party support.
The weekly meeting of the Cabinet tomorrow will then consider plans for a series of “indicative votes” in the Commons to establish which proposals could command a majority in the House.
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