Ken Clarke, the MP for Rushcliffe, claimed “nobody” in the government has a plan to get Britain out of the EU.
In an interview with the New Statesman, Mr Clarke also revealed he will formally vote against Brexit in the House of Commons.
The Remain campaigner said: “Nobody in the government has the first idea of what they’re going to do next on the Brexit front.”
He also hit out at the ‘Three Brexiteers’ , Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox, suggesting they were unable to work together.
He added: “Whatever is negotiated will be denounced by the ultra-Eurosceptics as a betrayal… Theresa May has had the misfortune of taking over at the most impossible time. She faces an appalling problem of trying to get these ‘Three Brexiteers’ to agree.
“The idea that I’m suddenly going to change my lifelong opinions about the national interest and regard myself as instructed to vote in parliament on the basis of an opinion poll is laughable,” he said.
He added that David Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum on the EU will see him “go down in history as the man who made the mistake of taking us out of the European Union”.
It came as Dr Fox warned the EU could “implode” when Britain leaves, with an entire generation of Europeans set to be sacrificed “on the altar of the single currency”.
He salso said he was hoping to learn from the discretion of Theresa May after developing a reputation for being gaffe-prone, most recently after a a jibe about British companies being “fat and lazy” was recorded and published by The Times newspaper.
The International Trade Secretary made the remarks in an interview with this week’s edition of The Spectator magazine.
He said the EU’s “architecture is beginning to peel away. It’s going to sacrifice at least one generation of young Europeans on the altar of the single currency, and you can only rip out the social fabric from so much of Europe before it starts imploding”.
Brexit and EU nationals living in Britain
How many EU nationals are there in Britain?
The Office for National Statistics says 2.1 million EU nationals were employed in the UK in the first quarter of this year – 224,000 more than in the same period in 2015.
Where are they from?
Poles make up the biggest group – there are about 800,000 living here since the EU’s big eastward expansion in 2004. The next largest cohort is the Irish, with 385,000 citizens, followed by 300,000 Germans. EU citizens living and working in Britain legally don’t have the right to vote in the EU Referendum.
What will happen to them after Brexit?
David Cameron, when he was prime minister, insisted there was no guarantee that EU nationals would automatically maintain the right to live in Britain in the event of Brexit.
Brexit campaigners rubbished this, saying there’s no way people who live and work legally in Britain would be deported.
The situation isn’t likely to change for at least two years while the re-negotiation with Brussels takes place.
So what’s true?
EU nationals already living in Britain at the time of Brexit would almost certainly have individual “acquired rights” under the 1969 Vienna Convention which means they can stay.
After Brexit, the ability of other EU nationals to live and work in the UK will depend on the immigration policy the UK adopts regarding EU citizens.
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