Theresa May finally refuses to go along with a Tory Brexiteer
Conservative MPs intent on a hard Brexit are getting increasingly restless.
Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was a 0-0 bore draw with neither side getting anywhere near scoring, according to most Westminster watchers.
“It is supposed to be a forum where the prime minister is held to account, but rarely have exchanges at PMQs seemed so ill-matched to the gravity of the issues facing the country,” lamented The Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow.
But after Theresa May easily saw off the attacks from Jeremy Corbyn, the game was not quite over. Rather, she then had to deal with marauding Tory Brexiteers on her right flank.
Bernard Jenkin warned that new trade deals with non-European countries would be impossible "if we remain shackled to the EU".
Jacob Rees-Mogg asked the prime minster: “Will she apply a new coat of paint to her red lines because I fear on Monday they were beginning to look a little bit pink.”
And Peter Bone ventured: “If we have a problem, would it help if I came over to Brussels with you to sort them out?”
Ever since she signalled her determination to withdraw the UK from the single market and the customs union, May has regularly been accused of bowing to the demands of hard Brexiteers. But she drew the line on taking Bone to Brussels:
“Well I say to my honourable friend I’m always happy to spend time in his company. And I hope his petition on chicken farms went down well the other evening."