UK Conservative MP explains why he’s calling for Truss to step down at next election
An East Dunbartonshire MP says he is standing down to allow Theresa May to seek a second Brexit deal with the other EU countries.
Douglas Chapman told the Sunday Herald earlier this week that a “final Brexit deal” would be better than no deal on December 19.
He made the comments after The Sun splashed on a leaked document saying Britain would be able to walk away from the negotiations with no-deal in place.
Now Mr Chapman has backed away from that stance in an interview with the Sunday Herald.
He said: “I think we need to get on with this negotiation and get a deal done.”
His comments echoed those of the UK’s international trade secretary and fellow Tory MP Liam Fox, who is said to be seeking a second Brexit deal with the EU.
“We need a deal, we need to get a deal done,” Mr Fox told Sky News on Saturday. “The British people have made a massive decision in recent months, and I think it would be best for them if we got on with this negotiation and got a deal done.”
Mr Fox also backed away from his previous comments saying he was “clear” a new relationship with the EU would be better than no deal.
Mr Chapman was elected for Edinburgh West in the 2017 election. He said he would be stepping down before the next election with the hopes of securing a better deal for the UK.
He said: “We need to get on with it, but I can’t promise anything because I don’t know what a great deal would look like.
“I suspect we don’t want to do the last deal, but we are not going to get an awful lot more than that because I don’t think people would accept that.”
Asked how he could possibly be sure that a further deal would be better than no deal, he said: “I think I would be happy to be proven wrong. But it would be difficult for me to know that.
“And I think the only way would be if the EU said yes. I think