Senior Eurosceptics have fired a warning shot at Theresa May, threatening rebellion unless the prime minister delivers a “hard Brexit” that properly severs ties with the European Union.
About 25 MPs met for breakfast in the House of Commons on Wednesday to discuss how they will push for firm guarantees from May that she will surrender no control over immigration in discussions with Brussels.
They now plan to draw up a blueprint for Brexit and submit it to Downing Street.
Those familiar with the discussions say the MPs “do not trust” May to deliver on her pledge that “Brexit means Brexit.’
Theresa May could face a furious backlash from Eurosceptic MPs
But they want her to deliver a “hard Brexit” by taking the UK out of the single market and finally putting an end to freedom of movement.
They fear Mrs May could strike a Norway-style deal with EU chiefs, meaning Britain would have to keep close ties with the union.
The idea of an ongoing relationship with the EU is not acceptable
One said: “We don’t trust her. She’s got off to a good start but the jury is out.
“The idea of an ongoing relationship with the European Union is not acceptable.”
They fear she will strike a Norway-style deal with Brussels chiefs
But he warned there will be a “great deal of dissatisfaction” if Mrs May accepts a compromise on border control in return for a favourable trade deal.
He told the Sunday Times: “British migration policy needs to be operated on the basis of British citizenship, not EU citizenship.”