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UK needs new party to stop ‘catastrophic’ Brexit, says ex-David Davis aide – The Guardian

A former chief of staff to David Davis has said Brexit is a catastrophe that must be stopped and called on centrist MPs to form a new party.

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:

James Chapman
(@jameschappers)

Past time for sensible MPs in all parties to admit Brexit is a catastrophe, come together In new party if need be, and reverse it #euref19


August 8, 2017

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:

James Chapman
(@jameschappers)

Hello @chrisgraylingmp – can you confirm airlines won’t be able to sell 80% of flights from next March? How are bilateral deals coming?


August 9, 2017

He then asked:

James Chapman
(@jameschappers)

Has govt yet corrected ministers’ claims Brexit will not limit cancer treatments, now condemned as false by every expert body in the land?


August 9, 2017

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 on Wednesday:

James Chapman
(@jameschappers)

There won’t just be one punishment budget if Brexit proceeds GBH. A decade of them as businesses flee and revenues collapse #brexitbonus https://t.co/DiHknLpPwm


August 9, 2017

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:

Charles Tannock
(@CharlesTannock)

It’s nice to know there are a few fellow Tories who share my deepest concerns about Brexit & in particular HardB. policy of HMG & Labour opp https://t.co/rPQjkEY3XI


August 9, 2017

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”.

UK needs new party to stop ‘catastrophic’ Brexit, says ex-David Davis aide – The Guardian

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