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Rory Stewart: Brexit could kill moderate Conservatism

The government minister worries his entire party could be consumed by no deal mania

By Tom Clark  

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

Shortly before the referendum, I recall reading Matthew Parris in the Times arguing that a Leave vote would “destroy” moderate conservatism in this country. At the time, this struck me as columnist’s hyperbole. This week, however, I met with prisons minister, one-nation Tory and the unlikely star salesman for Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Rory Stewart, and found him gripped with a very real fear that something like the Parris prediction could soon come to pass.

Gently spoken, measured yet precise, Stewart arrived in parliament in 2010…

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