I’m not some crazed Brex­i­teer, says May

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Si­mon Wal­ters

THERESA May has dis­tanced her­self from hard­line Tory en­e­mies of Brus­sels say­ing she’s not ‘some crazed Brex­i­teer’.

The Prime Min­is­ter told aides at a pri­vate meet­ing last week she will not risk eco­nomic sui­cide by ‘jump­ing off a cliff’ with a hard Brexit – and se­cretly backs some de­mands by Re­main Tories.

She added: ‘I don’t un­der­stand it. I voted Re­main. Why do they think I’ve sud­denly be­come some crazed Brex­i­teer?’

Mrs May’s out­spo­ken com­ments at a Down­ing Street meet­ing re­flect her frus­tra­tion at claims by Euroscep­tic Tory MPs who boast they have forced her to take a tougher stance. The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal she sym­pa­thises with rebel Tories who warn leav­ing the EU with­out a deal could be dis­as­trous and apol­o­gised to them af­ter they ac­cused one of her Min­is­ters of ru­in­ing her at­tempt to ex­tend an olive branch. She will only walk away from EU talks if all else fails.

Mean­while, in an in­ter­view in to­day’s Fi­nan­cial Mail on Sun­day, Baroness Ros Alt­mann, an ex-Tory Min­is­ter, also raises con­cerns about the Brexit de­bate. She says: ‘I have never be­fore in my life been so fright­ened about say­ing what I think about Brexit.’

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