Michael Gove has said voters will be able to force changes to an EU withdrawal deal at the next election if they do not like it.
The environment secretary’s comments came as prime minister Theresa May won public backing from both wings of the Tory party after securing an agreement with Brussels to start post-Brexit trade negotiations.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Gove said: “The British people will be in control. If the British people dislike the agreement that we have negotiated with the EU, the agreement will allow a future government to diverge.”
He said that after a transition period, the UK would have “full freedom to diverge from EU #law on the single market and customs union”.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage predicted that Tory anger at May’s agreement with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker would emerge over the weekend. He told the BBC: “I think that within the next 48 hours you will hear a lot more Conservative voices… saying, actually, they are not happy with what’s happened today.”