The founder of Pimlico plumbers has announced he will donate to The Independent Group to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Charlie Mullins had been a Tory donor and a former business advisor to David Cameron, but his opposition to Brexit led him to switch his allegiances to the Liberal Democrats last year.
Mr Mullins, whose Lambeth headquarters features a large “B******s to Brexit” sign outside, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that the Conservatives and Labour needed to “get their act together” on Brexit .
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“I will undoubtedly support the Independent Group. I will support them because I think that is for the good of the country,” he said.
“They’re very brave people for what they’ve done and undoubtedly more MPs will follow them. The Conservatives and Labour need to get their act together, because we’ve all had enough of this messing about.”
Government has 'messed this up'
Mr Mullins said the uncertainty around Brexit was harming businesses like his own, and defended calls for a second referendum.
He said: “At the end of the day it’s the government and parliament that have messed this all up, it’s not the fault of the voters. We were given the vote, and now everything’s come out in the open and all the misleading that’s gone on there.
“With a second referendum we can go back to a level playing field, renegotiate, and maybe take this uncertainty away for business, because at the moment it’s absolutely destroying things out there as far as business goes.”