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Politicians ‘find it frightening to suggest Brexit could be a disaster’

Politicians find it "frightening" to suggest Brexit could be a disaster as they receive threats and are vilified, a Conservative former minister has said.

Baroness Altmann said a number of politicians from different parties feel the Government's current plan "doesn't look like it's going to deliver" for Britain a better outcome than the existing arrangement.

Lady Altmann, asked why other Tories were not also issuing similar Brexit warnings, told Channel 4 News: "It is so frightening to actually stand up and say 'We might think again about Brexit'.

“It is very hard for anybody to come out and be honest about their views and say ‘Actually this looks like a disaster, we’re worried about it’.”

Asked why, the peer said: “You get vilified, you get threatened.

“The backlash against anyone who is trying to be honest – if one has an honest view, this is such an important issue, this is such a fundamental issue that could change our future forever and could destroy some of the strength of our economy.”

Lady Altmann added she is “not leaving the Conservatives” as she hopes there is “room” in the party for “people who have different views”.


Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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