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MP says Cabinet's Brexit agreement should not be diluted

MP John Hayes.
MP John Hayes.

Ardent Brexiteer John Hayes MP remains on side with his Tory Government despite resignations of key Cabinet members Boris Johnson and David Davis.

Both Brexit figureheads quit over the agreement reached by the Cabinet on Britain's terms for leaving the EU, which ex Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson argued would give Britain the status of a colony.

Mr Davis, who led negotiations to leave the EU for the past two years, described the Cabinet stance as a "compromise too far".

But Mr Hayes said: "The Prime Minister has repeatedly said free movement will end.

"My constituents will see that as being fundamental and emblematic if we cannot control our borders."

The MP says while Mr Johnson and Mr Davis quit, other Brexit champions - such as Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom - are still in the Cabinet.

He says the most important thing now is that the Cabinet agreement is not further diluted.

While leading figures have quit, including two Tory vice-chairmen, Mr Hayes believes Theresa May will remain.

He said: "I think we are living in dramatic and unpredictable times. I wouldn't personally want to see us change Prime Minister in the middle of a set of negotiations where that would be seen as a sign of weakness by the Europeans.

"You can't change your captain when you are going through very stormy waters."


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