The Tory MP for North West Leicestershire rubbished the Brexit deal proposed by both Theresa May and European Union negotiator Michel Barnier, warning it would not even allow Britain to leave the Brussels bloc with the permission of the EU.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Bridgen said: “When I actually saw the full detail of the deal, my head was in my hands.
“I think it is a very very poor deal. I was very unimpressed with the Chequers proposals and this Withdrawal Agreement is worse than that.
“At least under the Article 50 process we are in at the moment, we have the ability to unilaterally leave the European Union – something that the people of Britain voted for under the Withdrawal proposals.
“We won’t even have the ability to do that. We don’t seem to have even negotiated the ability to actually leave without the permission of the European Union.”
The Tory MP then called for another Brexiteer to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister but refused to give a name of the politician he would like to lead the Conservative Party.
Senior ministers agreed by a narrow majority on Wednesday to support the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.
In a speech outside of Number 10, the Prime Minister admitted her Cabinet had faced “difficult” choices, particularly over the so-called “Northern Ireland backstop” insurance policy to avoid a hard border with the Irish Republic.
Mrs May said: “The collective decision of Cabinet was that the Government should agree the draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Outline Political Declaration.
“This is a decisive step which enables us to move on and finalise the deal in the days ahead.”
She added: “This deal which delivers on the vote of the referendum, which brings back control of our money, laws and borders; ends free movement; protects jobs, security and our union; or leave with no deal – or no Brexit at all.”
Soon after her statement on Wednesday evening, the Government published the 585-page withdrawal agreement and seven-page future relationship declaration.
The draft deal reveals that in July 2020, both the EU and UK will hold a joint review of the position before making one of three choices: deciding a trade deal supersedes the need for the backstop, a limited extension to the transition period or trigger the Irish border backstop.
Brexiteers are likely to be left infuriated by the lack of an independent review clause, which will allow the UK to unilaterally quit the backstop.
The backstop will only able to be ended “jointly” by both sides and will apply until that moment is reached.
Both sides have agreed to uphold the withdrawal agreement in “good faith”, which means either the UK and EU can make suitable challenges to one another if they feel their side of the bargain is not being upheld.