Tory MP: We should form cross-party alliance to negotiate Brexit

Brexit negotiations may be further delayed by the election result (Rex)
Brexit negotiations may be further delayed by the election result (Rex)

A senior Conservative MP has argued that a cross-party approach to Brexit negotiations would be a “true national endeavour”.

Responding to comments made by The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci on BBC Question Time, Alistair Burt pointed out that political parties shared platforms in the run up to the referendum.

The North East Bedfordshire MP, who served in both John Mayor and David Cameron’s governments, backed Remain in the Referendum.

On the BBC panel show, Iannucci said: “One thing to suggest, and I’m just throwing it out there, is to have a negotiating team made up of the main parties. We put our difference aside for, say, two years, do the deal and then have another election”.

Retweeting the comments, Burt said “So do I”.

Theresa May, who has argued that only the Conservatives can successfully negotiate a fair Brexit deal, called a snap election in order to gain a stronger majority in the House of Commons.

She argued that this would give her a better bargaining hand in Europe, something that the European Union has denied.


However, after her election gamble spectacularly backfired, leaving her party with fewer seats, than before, her Brexit policy may have be revised.

Today, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, the prime minister’s joint chiefs, both handed in their resignations following the disastrous campaign.

The pair quit after warnings that Mrs May faced a leadership challenge from within the Conservative Party as early as Monday if she didn’t sack them.

According to a former communications aide to Mrs May, Mr Timothy and Ms Hill were “destructive and arrogant” and created a “toxic” atmosphere at Number 10.