Brexiteer Ms Patel said Mrs May’s White Paper is “a blatant attempt by those in Government to reverse the promises” she made that Britain would leave the EU following the historic EU referendum result in June 2016.
She also said it reinforces the concerns of many that believe that the UK must obey EU rules, adding “so much for taking back control”.
She told The Telegraph: “Britain will remain as a rule-taker in the areas where the so-called common rulebook applies.
“Parliament can deviate from the rules prescribed by the EU but in doing so the UK could be subject to non-compliance action.
“Any say the UK has in the rules will be dependent on the goodwill of the EU. “Worryingly, the White Paper states that under the Government’s plans, if we need to make changes to facilitate new partnerships with non-EU countries that make up 90 per cent of global growth, we “could discuss this with the EU”.
She added: “So much for taking back control.”
Ms Patel’s scolding remarks come on the same day US President Donald Trump retracted criticisms about Mrs May’s soft Brexit plan and said it would “kill” the possibility of any future trade with the US.
Today, at a Chequers press conference with Mrs May he lavished praise on his British counterpart, calling her an “incredible lady”.
He said: “I said very good things abut her, they didn’t put it in the headline.
“When I saw her this morning I said I want to apologise because I said such good things about you – she said don’t worry it’s only the press.”
Mr Trump said a UK-US trade deal is back on the table and gave Mrs May’s negotiating skills the nod.
He said: “Once the Brexit process is concluded and perhaps the UK has left the EU – I don’t know what they are going to do but whatever you do is OK with me. That’s your decision.
“Just make sure we are able to trade together.
“The US looks forward to finalising a great bilateral trade agreement with the UK. This is a great opportunity for our two countries and we will seize it fully.”