Three of the largest contributors to the Leave campaign have told Sky News that they are dismayed by Brexit's progress and that it would be better for Britain to stay in the European Union than to sign Theresa May's withdrawal agreement.
The trio, which had provided more than five million pounds of donations to the Leave campaign, each blatantly criticized the political process, insisting that Brexit be "disabled," "squandered," or "disabled."
- Billionaire financier Peter Hargreaves said there would be "no Brexit" because the politicians are "cowards".
- Investment manager Jeremy Hosking, a major shareholder in Crystal Palace Football Club, said Ms. May's deal would put Britain in a straitjacket.
- Stuart Wheeler, founder of the spreadbetting giant IG Index, said Britain had been reduced to "submissive begging".
Mr Hargreaves, behind the largest personal donation for the Leave campaign, told Sky News that he believes Brexit will not happen because politicians are "out of touch" with people's will.
Co-founder of the Hargreaves Lansdown financial giant donated more than £ 3 million to the Leave campaign during the referendum.
However, he said MPs were now trying to prevent the UK from leaving the EU – and he was ready to finance a new political party to help them achieve the ideals of Brexit.
"I do not think Brexit will happen," he said. "It will go on and on and on, and in the end, I do not believe that Brexit will take place, I think we will stay in the EU as we were before, and all energy will be lost."
He claimed that Ms. May was "not at all" the right person to conduct the negotiations, and said it was a travesty that the Brexit negotiations were not contributions from Lea-supporting corporate leaders like himself, Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin or James Dyson.
He said, "How can we make a good deal if the negotiating team wants to stay in. It's not possible, it's crazy, but did they ask one of the leading Brexit people, did they ask one of us what we would do? No.
"We were not consulted, Dyson, the JCB boys, Tim Martin, all smart business people who did big business, we were not interviewed, it's crazy."
Mr. Hargreaves was also offended in his criticism of Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, who is "a Canadian glamor boy interfering with British politics."
"He has never run a business, he has never done anything valuable.
How is his opinion better than mine? I have built up a huge business. How is his opinion better than mine? I will not tell you. He is not fit to be the governor. He should never have got the job, "he said.
But of all the criticisms Mr Hargreaves raised, his greatest anger was reserved for the political process that he believes has dismissed the country from the Brexit it voted for and spent millions on its promotion.
"Well, it seems like I'm wasting my money," he said. "I could not have believed that people would simply ignore the fact that voters would say we'd like to leave."
He believes that a "no deal" Brexit would be "perfect" because "other countries desperately want our trade," but said in a devastating way that British politicians were too scared to seize the opportunity.
He added: "They are all cowards, they are afraid to be brave and rock the boat."
The finance company Hargreaves co-founded in 1981 from a spare room is now worth 8 billion pounds. His own wealth was estimated at 3 billion pounds.
And he revealed that he would be ready to use some of that fortune to fund a new political party to persecute the kind of Brexit he believes people have voted for.
He said, "I honestly believe that there would be enough people who would only vote for candidates whose main criteria were to do the Brexit with the people who are conducting the negotiations that want the Brexit.
"I would get my checkbook out for this, and I think there would be enough people to offer as candidates.
"I think I would just ask people who were passionate about this country and politics are completely disillusioned, they need to investigate them to a degree.
"There is definitely a need for a fresh look at politics in this country, and as long as it looked reasonable I would be behind it."
His plan was supported by one of the biggest supporters of the Leave campaign.
Mr. Hosking, a banker who donated more than £ 1.5 million for the campaign, told Sky News there was an "establishment conspiracy" to thwart Brexit.
He told us that the Leave movement needed to "bring the band back together", perhaps by strengthening its Brexit Express pressure group and turning it into a political party.
Mr Hosking shares Mr Hargreaves' view that it would be better to stay in the EU than to deal with Mrs May's resignation agreement in order to allow only a new approach.
He said: "Right now, lingering looks better than the agreement of Mrs May, because with the agreement of Mrs May we will have lost Article 50 and will be in a tailor made straitjacket with the EU, but if we stay, we could Whole look at something from a fresh point of view. "
As the parliament prepared for a vote on the deal, he warned parliamentarians that "there will be a lot of pressure on them in the next few days," urging them to "stick to the gun … and through it to remain confident in most of the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit ".
It is an opinion repeated by a third man who helped fund the Leave campaign.
Mr. Wheeler, founder of the IG Index Spread Betting Company, once donated £ 5 million to the Conservative Party and donated more than £ 600,000 to support Leave during the referendum.
He said he had been "bitterly disappointed" by the political process in recent years, claiming Britain was in "grave danger of becoming a vassal state." Ms. May, he says, "has done a hopeless, terrible job."
His hope is that Britain will get out of the European Union due to political turmoil: "I would be in seventh heaven to see that."