Brexit will not answer the “frustrations” that many leave voters had with society and the economy, a senior Tory has said.
Former education secretary Nicky Morgan warned that prior to free trade agreements and deals being struck there will be many who are “potentially at risk” of losing their jobs.
Ms Morgan, who chairs the Commons Treasury Committee, also told a Tory conference fringe meeting in Birmingham that it would be a challenge for MPs to understand and sign off on future trade agreements.
She said: “I think one of the extraordinary situations is that the many reasons people voted leave, actually Brexit isn’t going to answer the frustrations many people had.
“One of the reasons people voted Brexit was immigration, of course we’re still waiting to find out an immigration white paper and immigration bill.
“We want to have free trade agreements and immigration is definitely going to be a part of that, so are people going to get the immigration system they thought they were going to get when they voted to leave?”
She added: “Let’s be optimistic and let’s say that we’re going to get these trade agreements and they can be renegotiated, we’re going to have to do something in Parliament that we haven’t done for 40 years, which is approve those trade deals and those treaties.
“In the same way that we’re going to recruit lots of trade negotiators, parliamentarians are suddenly going to have to acquire skills that we haven’t practised, many of us for a long time.”
Ms Morgan also said that Parliament overseeing each deal would create its own issues and pointed to the Walloon parliament in Belgium which held up the EU-Canada deal.
She said: “It’s one thing to find the markets, second thing to negotiate the agreements, third thing to get them approved by Parliament, we know the Canadian trade agreement nearly fell over because it was, I think the Walloon parliament that actually – who’s ever heard of them? – sorry if there are any people from Belgium in the audience.
“We could end up in that same situation.”
Ms Morgan went on to warn that prior to any agreements being reached constituents across the UK would be hit.
She said: “Whether they’re farmers or manufactures or employees in car plants, they’re the ones whose jobs are potentially at risk after we go through that dip before we come back through the other side.
“This is the Conservative Party which is meant to prioritise the economic security of people in this country.”