Leading Remainer Anna Soubry says Brexit might not happen as 'the people' can stop it – and could join forces with Labour to vote down PM’s EU deal

THE LEADING Remainer Anna Soubry says Brexit might not actually happen and said “the people” can still stop it.

It came as the senior pro-EU Tory threatened to join forces with Labour to vote down Theresa May’s deal with the Brussels.


Vowing to work with opposition MPs to force the Prime Minister into accepting a softer Brexit, she repeated her desire to see Britain stay in the customs union.

Asked if she thinks Brexit will definitely happen, Ms Soubry said: "Will it definitely happen? I genuinely don't know what is going to happen."

Responding to whether it might be stopped, she said: "Well I'll tell you who might stop it, and that's the people of this country.

"We won't stop it. It is the people. We gave the people a referendum to start this process."


She made the comments in a joint interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show with Labour MP Chuka Umunna, another leading anti-Brexit voice in Parliament.

When the presenter suggested that Ms Soubry is closer in her politics to Mr Umunna than she is to Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg she replied: “I'm not denying that.”

In comments which will anger Mr Rees-Mogg and his allies she was asked if the those who want a softer Brexit have a majority in the House of Commons to defeat "the kind of Brexit the Prime Minister wants".

Ms Soubry said: "If she's not careful, yes."

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The comments come as the PM gets ready to set out her stall in a major speech dubbed “Road to Brexit” within the next few weeks.

One of her Cabinet ministers, the International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, said Mrs May is to put "some meat on the bones" of what she wants from the negotiations with the EU.

Her speech will be the grand finale in a series of six keynote addresses by senior ministers detailing the end state Britain is looking for once it has left.

The fine details will be hammered out at a Cabinet away day in Chequers at the end of next week, as the PM tries to unite her warring top team.

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