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Brexiteer Priti Patel said Tory Brexit voters feel betrayed by the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan, which will see Britain relinquish powers to Brussels. 

The former International Development Secretary ripped apart the Prime Minister’s proposal, agreed at Chequers, blasting the Government for treating the public like “sheep to frighten into the right pen” with a string of doom-laden tales about ‘No Deal’ preparation. 

She insisted Mrs May must ditch her controversial plan that would leave the UK in a “halfway house”. 

During last year’s general election, the Conservatives achieved narrow, hard-fought victories across the North East and Midlands, including Middlesborough, Stoke and Stockport. 

But Ms Patel has warned the public will abandon the Tories if she continues with her plan to keep the UK in a single market for goods, restricting the potential for trade deals with other global superpowers. 

In an explosive column for The Sun, she said: “I’ve spent the last few weeks meeting Party activists, businesses and the public, and the view is that Chequers will not give us our economic and political freedom.

“There can be no halfway houses where Britain continues to be out of Europe in name but is still run by Europe.”

Ms Patel adds: “The implications for political parties at the polls when they fail to deliver is clear the public will stop voting for them. “

“The Conservative Party could throw away hard-won gains in pro-Leave constituencies across the North-East and Midlands if we continue to compromise on the referendum.” 

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8.30am update: New anti-Brexit party may not appeal to the masses, says expert

A new anti-Brexit political party bringing together “disgruntled” Remainer politicians could struggle to appeal to the masses because “there isn’t a great deal of agreement between these parties”, an expert has warned. 

rofessor Wyn Grant from the University of Warwick questioned whether there would be anything to unite politicians in a potential centrist party.

He told RT UK: “One would have to ask what is the programme of this party going to be? Now, ok, it’s largely about Brexit, about having a very soft Brexit and having a second referendum, possibly halting Brexit altogether.

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“But when you go beyond that, in fact, there isn’t a great deal of agreement between these parties, liberal democrats have traditionally been very strong on things like human rights.

“The Conservatives are fiscally very Conservative – they want to or have had austerity policies and then you have people like Chuka Umunna who have a very different view about what he wants to do about public spending.

“I have a great difficulty in seeing what the coherence of this party would be once you’ve gone beyond the single albeit important issue of Brexit.”

8.00am update: Theresa May warned Tory voters will turn their backs on her

Priti Patel has warned Theresa May her future as Tory leader is under threat because betrayed voters will turn their backs on the party in outrage over her soft Brexit plan. 

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The former International Development Secretary ripped into the Prim Minister’s proposal, criticising the Government for trating the public like “sheep to frighten into the right pen” with doom-laden tales about ‘No Deal’ preparation. 

The Brexiteer insisted Mrs May must ditch the plan thaqt would leave the UK in a “halfway house”. 

Writing for The Sun, Ms Patel said: “I’ve spent the last few weeks meeting Party activists, businesses and the public, and the view is that Chequers will not give us our economic and political freedom.

“There can be no halfway houses where Britain continues to be out of Europe in name but is still run by Europe.”

She added: “The implications for political parties at the polls when they fail to deliver is clear the public will stop voting for them. “

“The Conservative Party could throw away hard-won gains in pro-Leave constituencies across the North-East and Midlands if we continue to compromise on the referendum.”

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