Published On: Fri, Jul 6th, 2018

Brexit news: Portillo says Brits will be outraged with a soft Brexit | UK | News

The former Tory MP ripped into claims will force Britain into a deal in which it remains in full regulatory alignment with the EU on goods but not services.

Mr Portillo insisted the vote of 17.4 Brits to leave the European Union must be respected. He told BBC’s This Week: “I think you’d be surprised how broadly this will be felt in the country.

“They voted individually, the country reached a decision and then the country was cheated out of the decision that it had made.

“What is the point in voting if you are told that you are participating in the most important vote in a generation or two and then something else is delivered?”

Mr Portillo warned that a soft Brexit could lead Britain into a “decade of instability”, with both Remainers and Brexiteers displeased.

He said: “It is difficult to see what we get out of this and worse than that, the situation, of course, would be so absurd that it couldn’t possibly be Britain’s final resting place.

“The Remainers would say ‘you can’t have a situation where decisions are being taken in our absence, we have to rectify that by going back in’.

“And the leavers would say, ‘you cannot have a situation where we are a vassal state – we have to revisit this and get out’.

“So what people usher in is another decade of instability.”

During a crunch cabinet meeting in Chequers Friday, the Prime Minister is aiming to gain unanimous backing for her blueprint, which she claims will “deliver decisively on the verdict of the British people” in the 2016 EU referendum.

Ahead of the meeting, leading Brexit supporters including Tory MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg, Andrea Jenkyns, Marcus Fysh and Simon Clarke, along with the Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley, posted a video on YouTube urging the Prime Minister not to betray her manifesto promised to quit the EU’s single market and customs union.

In the video, the DUP’s Ian Paisley Jr said: “The people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland voted to be a free, unfettered nation.”

While Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns added: “Please deliver what you promised. Please deliver what you promised in our manifesto, and please deliver what people voted on.”

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