When details emerged late last night that a small group of Conservative MPs had been secretly planning a Brexit compromise (named after Kit Malthouse who helped broker the deal) it was surprising for many to see both Remainers and Leavers within the Tory party working together on it.
On one side of the aisle you had those leaning towards Remain, such as former education secretary Nicky Morgan, and on the other Brexiteers like Jacob Rees-Mogg, all collaborating on a compromise they think could get through parliament. A nice example of cross-factional unity within the Tory party for once, you might think. But clearly the decision to exclude certain members of the Remain side from the talks may have ruffled some feathers.
Nicky Morgan stood up in the House of Commons today to officially introduce the plan that she and the Leavers had put together, saying that:
‘[Theresa May] will be aware that on these benches, some very surprising members, with very different Brexit views have been coming together to come up with some proposals. We’re very grateful for the time that she’s engaged with us’
Only for her speech to be interrupted by arch-Remainer Anna Soubry, who was clearly not happy with the situation:
‘It would have been nice to be told about it!’
Why Soubry – who is calling for a second referendum to overturn the result – was left out of discussions to form a Brexit compromise that saw Britain actually leave the EU is a complete mystery to Mr S…