‘It’s VERY obvious!’ US author insists there is a ‘fifth column’ trying to OVERTURN Brexit

AUTHOR and Brexiteer Lionel Shriver said there was an “obvious” plot by a group of MPs to hamper Brexit, sparking a furious reaction from Tory MP Anna Soubry.

The US author said it is “very obvious” there is a group of people in Parliament attempting to either create a soft Brexit or stop it completely.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4, Ms Shriver said: “It’s very obvious from the outside anyway, that there is a movement that’s gathering steam, a kind of fifth column, to overturn the result of the referendum.

But Tory MP Anna Soubry hit back at Ms Shriver’s comments and demanded she find evidence to support her claim.

Ms Shriver responded and said that she watches the news.

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US author Lionel Shriver said there is an impression that a group of MPs want to scupper Brexit
But Ms Soubry said: “Give me the evidence because you know, we all voted for the second reading. People have forgotten that.”

Ms Shriver said: “If you take a look at some of the books that are coming out right now…”

But before the US author could finish her sentence Ms Soubry said: “I’m not done talking about parliament. Where is your evidence that there is this fifth column in parliament? We’re a democracy. People are entitled to opinions.”

Ms Shriver said in response: “I’m talking about an impression. I’m here officially representing the public and the public gets impressions.

“And the appearance is that there is a gathering movement to either simply keep Brexit from happening, to make people vote again until they get their minds right, or possibly, simply to put together a Brexit which is so soft that it keeps us in the customs union and the single market that it becomes tantamount to staying in.”

Following the fifth round of Brexit talks last week, the EU’s Brexit negotiator gave Britain a two-week deadline to clarify how much it is willing to pay before it leaves the bloc.

 leaders have refused to move onto trade talks until “sufficient progress” is made on key Brexit issues – including the financial settlement, Irish border, and citizens’ rights.

 said on Friday that the EU Withdrawal Bill would be amended to pledge to a Brexit deadline of 11pm on 29th March, 2019.

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