Tory MP and chief critic of Boris Johnson sparked backlash from Brexit supporters after suggesting Britain return to the EU. market to help alleviate cost of life crisis.
Allies picked up Tobias Ellwood’s comments of in prime minister as evidence that toppling Johnson would threaten the country more distant relationship with Brussels.
AT call for more radical thinking to “energize our economy through these rough waters,” Ellwood said. government should “It’s better to maximize our Brexit fortunes.”
Picture on his six years of service in army, wrote Ellwood in article for parliamentary journal of the House of Representatives that “if the army general the middle of the battle is mature enough to refine it strategy secure mission successthen government should do the same”, adding that there was a huge space for improvement in economic relations with EU.
He claimed that exports to Europe were down by £20 billion. with fishermen and farmers facing particular difficulties and issue of Northern Ireland protocol remained unresolved. “All these challenges will disappear if we dare to advance our Brexit model reuniting with the EU single market (Norway model),” He wrote.
His argument, however, was used by Johnson’s allies to suggest an attempt force a confidence vote next a week was proof of prejudice against Brexit.
David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator during the divorce negotiations, said that Ellwood’s intervention “shows Brexit is really insecure in his hand or his allies.”
BUT senior The MP said that Ellwood “let the cat out of bag,” adding, “After all the pain we’ve been through on Brexit, he’s still in hell on trying to drag us back in the EU, and he is ready to donate prime minister who set Brexit to get there.”
A little of those who sought to oust Johnson hastily distanced themselves from Ellwood’s comments for fear of being captured. on by number 10.
Mark Harper, senior Conservative MP who sent no confidence letter in Johnson said he strongly disagreed with Elwood was clear that Brexit “meant the rejection of a single market and put an end to freedom of movement is the end.
He admitted there were problems with in protocol but foreign secretary Liz Truss and Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis said they were working to with those.
Another Tory MP who considered to have presented no-confidence The letter anonymously stated that Brexiteers still outnumber those remaining in terms of those who publicly named for a confidence vote.
Elwood faced down anonymous criticism from those still loyal to Johnson, who criticized the rebellious Tories as self-indulgent narcissists.
“I think maybe we should have a pause maybe and leave it until Tuesday when we’re all back because I’m really worried about where he’s going down,” Ellwood told Times Radio. on Thursday morning, when the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations began.
” party himself must work together, no matter what happens, no matter where party goes and it matters what we do remain civil. But you can’t get away fact that there are genuine fears that are not just reflection in party members, but also in interview, in local elections, definitely in by-elections too. And these questions need for solutions.
“Is not just culture of how No. 10 was controlled, but also in direction of in party; where do we go to meet the very huge challenges what’s ahead.”