This plan will tear Tories apart, says donor

The Sunday Telegraph - - Brexit Turmoil - By Ed­ward Mal­nick WHITE­HALL ED­I­TOR

VOT­ERS no longer trust the Tories on Europe, a lead­ing donor claims to­day.

Jeremy Hosk­ing, a fi­nancier who do­nated £1.5mil­lion to the Leave cam­paign and has given £375,000 to the party since 2015, al­leges Theresa May’s han­dling of Brexit shows she never in­tended to hon­our the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

Mr Hosk­ing, who founded the proLeave Brexit Ex­press cam­paign group, sug­gested he could turn the body into a po­lit­i­cal party, as Mrs May’s plans threaten to “tear her party asun­der”.

Mrs May in­sists the draft agree­ment that prompted a se­ries of resignations last week “de­liv­ers the Brexit the Bri­tish peo­ple voted for”. She told MPs it “takes back con­trol of our bor­ders, laws and money” and “hon­ours the in­tegrity of our United King­dom”.

But Mr Hosk­ing said: “Con­ser­va­tive MPs have been un­able to change the Prime Min­is­ter’s mind. In­deed, the more they try, the more she moves to cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance and dou­bles down to a de­gree that must at some point tear her party asun­der.”

But Lord Fink, an­other ma­jor donor, said: “My guess is that if any­one had of­fered this deal im­me­di­ately post-Brexit, peo­ple would have been happy with it.

“The is­sue for me is that ex­pec­ta­tions of ‘red lines’ and ‘hard Brex­its’ have gath­ered mo­men­tum and now cer­tain Brex­i­teers pre­fer a no deal and Labour are just play­ing pol­i­tics.”

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