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Hard Brexiteers are like jihadis, says Tory MP

As the committee stage of the government’s Brexit bill rolls on, MPs have been debating a range of amendments. Signalling that she could back an amendment on parliamentary sovereignty, Claire Perry – a former transport minister defenestrated in Theresa May’s purge of the Osbornites – said that she had been left disappointed by the attitude of some of her colleagues who back what she called a “hard” Brexit.

Some people get all hysterical, she was saying. To make this point in a calm and restrained manner helpful to the debate, Perry compared some MPs who support hard-Brexit to Islamic fundamentalists.

‘I feel sometimes I’m sitting along with colleagues who are like jihadis in their support for a hard Brexit. No Brexit is hard enough, be gone you evil Europeans, we never want you to darken our doors again!’

Mr S wonders if someone could take her aside and explain that the argument is about leaving the EU and finding better ways of co-operating with European neighbours. But she still seems a little FT (Flummoxed and Traumatised).

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