Tory minister who said Brexit should be led by ‘evidence not dogma’ disciplined by party whips

The Tory Minister who said the Government’s Brexit policy should be driven by “evidence not dogma” has been disciplined by the party – but will stay in his job

Justice Minister Philip Lee took to Twitter on Tuesday night to question Theresa May’s approach to Brexit after leaked impact studies showed the UK would suffer an economic hit under a range of trading scenarios outside the EU.

Lee, who backed Remain in the referendum, said the leaked document raised “a serious question” over whether the Government could “legitimately” pursue a policy which would damage the country.

While Lee has been hauled in front of the whips for a dressing down, a minister who claimed all government economic forecasts are “always wrong” has escaped any disciplinary action.

Brexit Minister Steve Baker told MPs on Tuesday: “I am not able to name an accurate forecast and I think they are always wrong and wrong for good reasons.”

Source: Tory Minister Who Said Brexit Should Be Led By ‘Evidence Not Dogma’ Disciplined By Party Whips

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4 thoughts on “Tory minister who said Brexit should be led by ‘evidence not dogma’ disciplined by party whips

  1. Barry

    Leaked incomplete inaccurate report based on dogmatic viewpoint is not a good reason to overturn an evidence based vote to leave the eu by the people. However complaining about May and in particular Hammonds views make complete sense, they are still repeating the drivel of project fear pro eu propaganda released by remain before the referendum.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The vote to leave the EU was not evidence based; it was based on lies like the claim written on the side of the so-called “Brexit bus”.
      Your comments about Theresa May and Philip Hammond defy reality. They are desperately steering us towards the hardest, most unpleasant Brexit they can manage.

  2. Kate George

    This is my MP and he’s totally arrogant, I can’t even be bothered to “write to your MP” any more because the answers always annoy me so much. Roughly speaking, they they tend to translate as don’t bother your head about these matters leave it to qualified people who know best! That includes the response to my letter about TTIP (which I was totally against) and one thing I DO know about is trade agreements as my whole working life has been in International Trade, and it’s my job to know such things. I really don’t care whether he is for or against Brexit, he will toe the party line when it comes to voting, and he’s in a safe Tory seat (East Berkshire) where the Tory vote is always more than all the other parties added together.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      As an expert in such things, then, what’s your opinion on our chances of getting a beneficial trade agreement with any other country or bloc, after Brexit?
      Would you like to do a guest article?

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