BBC – Most MPs want soft Brexit

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.

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