James Chapman, who worked for the Brexit secretary for a year as the Department for Exiting the European Union was set up, suggested the new party should be called the Democrats and claimed some “very interesting people” wanted to be involved.
He made the call in a string of tweets, including:
Chapman, who previously worked for George Osborne, said anti-Brexit MPs such as Anna Soubry, Grant Shapps and Mark Harper had more in common with party opponents such as Rachel Reeves and Vince Cable than “Owen Paterson et al”.
The former aide, who worked for Davis until the 2017 general election, went on to tweet at Chris Grayling, the transport secretary:
He then asked:
Chapman also revealed that hundreds of lorry bays would be needed to deal with extra border checks when the UK leaves the EU, which will “mean compulsory purchase and demolition of lots of Brexit voters’ houses”, and claimed none of the thousands of extra customs officers needed had been hired.
Chapman’s former boss Osborne has been one of the most vocal critics of the government’s Brexit policy. As chancellor Osborne warned before the referendum that a budget of tax rises and spending cuts would be needed to cope with the impact.
Chapman tweeted early on Wednesday:
His comments drew support from some pro-EU MPs across the parties. Vince Cable said he “agreed with David Davis’ ex chief of staff … The public should have a chance to exit from Brexit”.
Charles Tannock, a Tory MEP, tweeted:
Wes Streeting, a Labour MP, said the problem did not need a new party but “enough MPs with the courage to put country first if all fails”.
This article was written by Rowena Mason Deputy political editor, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 9th August 2017 12.35 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010