Tory MP publicly shuns PM’s invitation to watch England semifinal
MP for Crawley Henry Smith tweeted a picture of the invitation to attend No 10 on Wednesday evening to see England play against Croatia in its first semifinal in 28 years.
But in yet another sign of the ever-widening rift within the cabinet over May’s post-Brexit plan, Smith openly turned down the invite on the grounds that “the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home”.
Received this invite to watch tomorrow’s England-Croatia World Cup semi-final in 10 Downing Street. Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home...I’ll pass. pic.twitter.com/1BjH6uczZG— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) July 10, 2018
Smith’s post sparked a bitter Twitter spat with Tory chief whip Julian Smith.
Henry if you would like to transfer your invite to a constituent let me know. Let me have their name first thing-they will be welcome. https://t.co/k1t8Bsw06o— Julian Smith MP (@JulianSmithUK) July 10, 2018
Smith’s decline of the Downing Street invitation comes as May risks a full-blown crisis within her government following the sudden resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis on Sunday night and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday afternoon.
The two said they could not promote May’s trade plan for Britain once it leaves the EU and which was agreed on Friday during a cabinet meeting at her country residence, Chequers. The plan was shunned by many Eurosceptics as it would see Britain having to abide by EU rules in exchange for a free trade deal.
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