Brexit news: Anna Soubry has claimed a hard Brexit will not take place
Mr Grieve this week orchestrated a Tory rebellion which forced Prime Minister Theresa May into a number of concessions, a move Ms Soubry now claims has ruled out the possibility of a hard Brexit.
Ms Soubry tweeted this afternoon: “Dominic Grieve should be hailed a hero for what he has achieved for democracy.
“Deal or no deal, Parliament will have a meaningful vote and to be clear there will be no hard #Brexit when the EUWithdrawal Bill is passed.”
The tweet comes amid rising confusion over what Mrs May agreed to when she staved off defeat on Tuesday’s House of Lords amendment vote.
Remainer Tory MPs led by Mr Grieve claim she told them Parliament would be granted a vote on the final exit deal while Brexiteers claim she did nothing of the sort.
Whatever the fine print, this week’s developments have merely raised tension in Parliament as time runs out ahead of the EU summit later this month.
Ms Soubry has placed herself at the heart of the Remain campaign, pledging yesterday to “do the right thing” as Brexit passed through Parliament.
She said in the House of Commons yesterday: “We reckon that overall 52% voted to leave, but the 48% who voted to remain have been put to one side in this process and ignored. That has to stop.
Anna Soubry said Brexit rebel leader Dominic Grieve was a ‘hero’
“We have to come back together and we have to do the right thing.”
And she referenced a quote from David Davis during his time as a backbencher to highlight the importance of Parliamentary sovereignty.
She said: “The House is made up of 651 robust individuals whose position gives them a powerful say in what the executive can and cannot do.
“The powers of the House are sovereign and they have the ability to upset the best-laid plans of ministers and of government, which no minister ever forgets, and nor should any backbencher.
Anna Soubry said all MPs needed to do the ‘right thing’
“Those words were true then, and they are true now. They were spoken by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.”
Mr Grieve, however, was today forced to deny he was involved in an anti-Brexit conspiracy after addressing a private meeting in a Brussels base in London.
The former attorney general was accused of “supping with the devil” by Brexiteers after being seen at the event with former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell and other opponents of Britain’s exit from the EU.
He said: “There was no conspiracy. I went along to speak at a meeting.
“I often go to meetings to speak at people’s invitation and that’s what I did.
“The meeting had been called by one of my Conservative colleagues to discuss how the process of Brexit was unfolding and to seek a briefing from me as to how I thought the dynamics were playing out in Parliament.”