Conservative politician Anna Soubry MP tells it like it is on Brexit; she is currently a lone voice of reason and others should follow her lead
Yesterday, Conservative politician Anna Soubry MP stood up in Parliament and said something completely unpalatable to the ‘wheat field wanderer’ Theresa May. She spoke about the truth of the legacy of the Brexit referendum and reminded her own party that they need to wake up and listen.
In full, Soubry stated:
My own front bench has to wake up and understand that things have now changed. The rhetoric has to be dropped. This slogan: “no deal is better than a bad deal” is a nonsense, it’s always been a nonsense, and the British people know it. And that is why they voted as they did on 8th June.
I stood in this place, on this spot on two occasions – and I warned honourable and right honourable friends on this side of the house, of the dangers of ignoring the 48%, and the young in particular. And I use that expression. Many young people who voted Remain believe an older generation have stolen their future. And the result was there on 8th June. I hate to have been proved right, but I was proved right.
Look at the demographics of those results, and as you see almost mirrored from the referendum. The older people were, the more likely they were to have voted Conservative. The younger ones, and that’s obviously in my terms today – which is anyone under the age of about 50 – but look at those demographics, look at what happened. People under the age of 45: more of them voted Labour in that election.
Now it’s of course profoundly ironic that people who voted Remain then went and voted for the Leader of the Opposition and Labour, a man who gave Remain a very lukewarm 7.5 out of 10, it’s profoundly ironic. And if I may say to them, they too have to wake up and accept the reality of the situation because they’ve promised many of those people things they may not be able to deliver on. So when they talk about the customs union, the single market and immigration, they have now got to say what they mean and stop being cowards about it.
If you think you want the benefits of the customs union, have the courage – I nearly said a word that is very un-Parliamentary – to stand up and say that. Make the case, make the argument, as we now need to do, about the benefits of immigration.
We salute this fine lady for her wise words and urge her to continue. The 48% deserve a voice and the madness of Brexit needs to be stopped. We are truly still better together.