MPs may block Theresa Might's Brexit plan - Anna Soubry

Theresa May is trying to break the Cabinet deadlock over Brexit with a series of keynote speeches by senior minister planned before she finally sets out her vision of Britain's post-EU fut

Theresa May is trying to break the Cabinet deadlock over Brexit with a series of keynote speeches by senior minister planned before she finally sets out her vision of Britain's post-EU fut

A leading Tory Remainer today claimed that Brexit might never happen as she vowed to work with opposition MPs to force the government into a softer approach.

Anna Soubry, a former business minister who is at the forefront of efforts to soften the government's plans for Brexit, insisted that there was a majority in the Commons against leaving the single market and the customs union, both cornerstones of the government's policy since January a year ago.

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr show with Mr Umunna this morning, Ms Soubry was asked if she thought Brexit would "definitely happen".

Theresa May is set to deliver a major speech within the next three weeks outlining the future relationship Britain wants to have with the EU.

Ms Soubry said that the prime minister's stance on the two issues was a "huge mistake".

Failure to do that would be "bad for our economy but it also fundamentally undermines the peace process that was achieved and this is really important".

She said she wanted the United Kingdom to remain in the European Free Trade Area, like Norway, which would allow access to the single market without being a member of the EU.

But she also warned that enough support could be mustered from both parties for a majority to defeat "the kind of Brexit the Prime Minister wants".

Mr Umuna added: 'There is no majority in the House of Commons for us simply to jump off a cliff'.

A Tory MP has suggested that "the people" might stop Brexit, not politicians like herself.

'Will it definitely happen?

"I tell you who might stop it [Brexit], 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". "No body voted to be poorer", said Umunna.

He claimed the Labour leader - who last month on avoiding a "hard Brexit" - was "open minded" about staying in the single market. "However this pans out, the national interest has to come first".

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, who is campaigning for another referendum, said: "It is good to see cross-party cooperation between Tory and Labour rebels".

Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell said another Brexit referendum would cause divisions and a "better route" would be to have a general election.