Brexit Party MEPs quit to back Boris Johnson’s deal

The move is a bid to 'get Brexit done'

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Three Brexit Party MEPs have quit the party in order to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal and the Conservative Party.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Lance Forman and Lucy Harris have all resigned the whip of Nigel Farage’s party to support the Prime Minister’s mission to “get Brexit done”.

Ms Rees-Mogg, MEP for the East Midlands and a former Conservative candidate, said the Conservatives were the “only option”.

“We need a strong Leave-supporting government to deliver the Brexit 17.4 million voted for.

“The Conservatives are the only option for Brexit supporters and democrats alike.”

(L-R): Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Lance Forman, Lucy Harris and John Longworth

Party leader Nigel Farage, who is not standing as a candidate in next week’s general election, said he was “disappointed” by the decision.

The move comes after John Longworth, former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, was sacked from the party yesterday for “repeatedly undermining” Mr Farage.

Mr Longworth was a vocal critic of Mr Farage’s decision not to stand down candidates in Labour marginal seats where there was a strong Leave turnout in the EU referendum.

The leader had already bowed out of 317 seats that were won by the Conservative’s in 2017 in a bid not to split Brexit supporters.  

Mr Farage said the MEPs “don't seem to understand” that his party had “saved the Conservative party from large scale losses to the Liberal Democrats” and is “hammering the Labour Leave vote in its traditional heartlands”.

A party spokesman also hinted that personal ties could have been a factor in the move.

He said: “We also note that one of the MEPs is the sister of a Cabinet minister, another has a partner who works in the office of the same Cabinet minister, and yet another is a personal friend of both Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.”

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