April 1, 2019 / 5:32 AM / 6 months ago

UK should have said soft Brexit was inevitable in 2017-chief whip

LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) - The chief whip in parliament of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has said her government should have said that a softer Brexit was inevitable after it lost its majority in a 2017 election, the BBC said on Monday.

Julian Smith was also strongly critical of a lack of discipline among senior ministers, the BBC said.

The BBC said it was unprecedented for a chief whip to publicly criticise the government. It comes as May’s ministers are deeply split over how to break Britain’s Brexit impasse.

Lawmakers are due to vote on alternatives to May’s deal on Monday.

Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Stephen Coates

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