MP Mitchell slams May’s Brexit deal as ‘hu­mil­i­at­ing’

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THERESA May’s pro­posed Brexit deal is “hu­mil­i­at­ing”, ac­cord­ing to for­mer Con­ser­va­tive Min­is­ter An­drew Mitchell.

And the Sut­ton Cold­field MP said there may need to be an­other ref­er­en­dum on whether to go ahead with Brexit, but only as a “last re­sort”.

Mr Mitchell, the only Con­ser­va­tive MP in Birm­ing­ham, spoke in the run-up to the vote on Tues­day, Jan­uary 15, when MPs will de­cide whether to ac­cept Mrs May’s pro­posed EU with­drawal agree­ment.

But he pre­dicted the House of Com­mons would re­ject the pro­pos­als, say­ing: “I’m as­ton­ished that the Prime Min­is­ter would bring to Par­lia­ment a deal from Brus­sels which she knows she can­not get through, and also ap­par­ently has no plan B.”

Speak­ing to BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme, he said: “All my in­stincts are to sup­port the PM, but I have looked very care­fully at this deal, I think it is a hu­mil­i­at­ing deal and I will not be able to sup­port it as it stands.”

He de­scribed the pro­posed “back­stop” ar­range­ment as “ex­traor­di­nar­ily wor­ry­ing”.

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