Andrew Bridgen: Election is ‘only solution’ to Brexit deadlock

Monday, June 24, 2019

Andrew Bridgen has said he believes a general election is the “only one solution” to implementing Brexit.

The Conservative MP told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that the current Parliament has shown it is unwilling to “express the will of the British people”.

“You’ve got a Parliament which is dominated by remainers, that’s out of touch with the electorate, and for me what we’re heading for is a general election,” he said.

“Changing the Prime Minister does not change the arithmetic in the House of Commons.”

He added: “If colleagues in there are willing to renege on the promises to implement the will of the British people as expressed at the referendum there is in my view only one solution and that’s to change Parliament.”

Mr Bridgen is supporting Boris Johnson in the leadership race, and said he is “the best person” to meet the Brexit deadline.

“I’m absolutely convinced that Boris realises that we’re drinking in the last chance saloon of credibility in the Conservative Party with the electorate,” he said.

“If we’re lucky we’ll get a second chance if Boris can get us out of the European Union.”

He said the widespread reporting of police being called to the home of Mr Johnson’s girlfriend in the early hours of Friday morning shows a media “double standard” and does not change his vote.

“There’s a bit of double standards here that when in 2016 Andrea Leadsom made some remarks about Theresa May’s private life she was hounded out of the leadership competition altogether,” he said.

“I’m afraid that Jeremy Hunt for me sounds a little bit like continuity May, and I want to get out of that Groundhog Day politics that we’ve been in for the past three years.”

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