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At least one Remainer Cabinet minister to resign over Brexit by the Autumn, says peer
There will be at least one resignation in the Cabinet when we see the terms of the Brexit deal in the Autumn, and it could be as many as four or five, a peer and former Labour minister says today.
Lord Adonis, a keen Remainer, forecasts a “crisis” in Parliament when MPs are presented with the Brexit treaty. He tells today’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast talk of at least one resignation is the “common gossip in Westminster”.
Lord Adonis says: “I think it’s very unlikely to be someone from the right - the Prime Minister is giving in to them and giving them everything they want. It’s much more likely to be one of the pragmatic, sensible people who people who believe in British trade and don’t want to trash the country”.
The Labour peer is joined on the podcast by Conservative MP and Brexiteer Michael Tomlinson who dismissed the prediction as “wishful thinking”.
Lord Adonis believes the solution is to hold a second vote on the terms of the deal: “The issues involved are so great - they’re the most important issues since I’ve been involved in public life - the right thing in the Autumn would be for Parliament to refer the Treaty, when we see it, to the people for a people’s vote.”
Also on Chopper’s Brexit Podcast, available from 6am on Friday morning, Stanley Johnson, father of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and a one-time Remainer who says he became a Brexiteer for the sake of democracy.
But Mr Johnson doesn’t rule out a return to his former side: “Of course I’ve been loyal to Brexit, but if it appears to be the case that we’re not going to put in place the whole raft of EU measures which we have and we’re not going to achieve this enforcement mechanism which I think is vital, I wouldn’t say I might not change my mind.”
Other guests include the Telegraph’s Political Editor, Gordon Rayner; Brexit Editor, Dia Chakravarty; and Europe Editor, Peter Foster, and Chris Waterman who sings a familiar tune with a Brexit twist.
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