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Bring on the Brexiteer: May to shake-up party with key EU exit figure

THERESA May is bringing in key Brexit campaign chief to overhaul the party in a move she hopes will reassure those demanding the Government follows through on European Union exit.

Matthew Elliot, former chief executive of Vote Leave, is in “advance negotiations’ with the Conservative party over a senior role.The position, thought to be party vice-chairman, is part of a number of shakeups following disastrous election and conference.

A Tory source told the Times: “We are in discussions with Matthew about a role but nothing has been confirmed yet.”

Mr Elliot, 39, lad successful campaigns in favour of leaving the EU and against a move to the alternative vote electoral system in 2011.

Tory source

He also set up the Taxpayers’ Alliance, a low-tax pressure group.But Mr Elliott is not universally liked within the Conservative camp after reportedly butting heads with Leave campaign director, Dominic Cummings.

A party source told The Times: “If May thinks that appointing Elliott is going to make all the Brexit mob happy she’s in for a shock.”

The move could also be seen as a statement from foreign secretary Boris Johnson after alarms were raised that the UK was moving towards a Norway style arrangement with the EU, which would see the UK costing up to Brussels despite leaving the bloc.

Theresa May is getting Matthew Elliot on her teamGETTY

Theresa May is getting Matthew Elliot on her team

The Tories have hired 50 new campaign managers after worries Labour’s slick online operation was drawing in more young voters.Claims come as Brexit Secretary David Davis was accused of breaking his pledge to give MPs a vote on the government Brexit deal.

Yesterday he warned that a vote may not happen until after Britain formally leaves the EU in March 2019.

The Brexit Security responded discussions could go on until the last minute.

Ms Malhorta asked if that meant the Parliamentary vote on the final deal could come after Britain exit the block and Mr Davis said: “Yes, it could be. It can’t come before we have the deal.”

Mr Davis also said he expects a transition deal to be agreed early next year and insisted free trade terms with the EU could be agreed in just 12 months.

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