Most of the MPs elected last week want to avoid a so-called “hard Brexit”, pro-EU politicians claim.
Conservative ex-minister Anna Soubry said: “The people have spoken – and they have rejected a hard Brexit.”
And Ms Soubry – a leading figure in the Remain campaign before last year’s EU referendum – told the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme that Mrs May would have to listen to businesses and “wise owls” in her government who are calling for the single market to be a priority over immigration curbs.
On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the pro-EU former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine described Brexit as “the cancer gnawing at the Conservative Party” and urged a “period of contemplation” on the subject before negotiations begin.
The “right leader of the Conservative Party”, he claimed, could appeal to German and French presidents for a deal to keep us “within the European family” while addressing immigration concerns.