Brexiteer Ann Widdecombe hit out at politicians pushing for Britain to remain in the EU’s customs union, insisting attempts to keep the country closely aligned to the bloc will mean that the UK will never regain control of its borders after Brexit.
The former politician told TalkRadio: “I think there’s every effort being made to undermine it but I think that’s indisputable.
“I think that those who lost the referendum or some of them, at any rate, have ever accepted the result and have tried to undo it by the back door.
“Therefore, by effectively what comes down to wrecking amendments.
“But I think your analysis is right and in the end, the Government will prevail over this and the will of the British people will prevail.”
Ms Widdecombe slammed calls for Britain to remain in the customs union. She said: “All of them, of course, want to stay in the EU. I mean, that is the whole point.
“And if they can’t stay in the EU straightforwardly by winning the referendum which they couldn’t then they will try to stay through the customs union and through the single market.
“But let’s be very clear about this. If we remain in either, let alone both, the customs union or the single market, we will still be subject to EU law and we will still not have control over our own borders. That is a simple fact of life.”
On Thursday MPs approved a non-binding motion, which called on the Government to include the option of establishing “an effective customs union” between the UK and EU, without a vote.
Signatories to the motion include four senior Tories: Bob Neill, Sarah Wollaston, Nicky Morgan and Dominic Grieve.
Downing Street has played down its significance, saying it was a “routine backbench business debate”.
Brexit Secretary David Davis rejected the idea of remaining in the EU’s customs union on Wednesday – insisting he would be a “failure” if Britain remains in the EU agreement.
Tory MP and Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith also warned that adopting such EU policies after Brexit would mean the UK would become a “rule taker”.