Richard Tice: Only Brexit Party can keep Conservatives ‘honest’

Monday, October 28, 2019

Richard Tice has said Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan could leave Britain locked in a “never-ending transition”, but insisted the Brexit Party could help.

Mr Tice, the Brexit Party chairman, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer he has accepted the UK will no longer leave on October 31 due to the “current zombie Parliament”.

But he said to "get the job done properly", his party would need to have its own MPs.

“We’ve got real concerns about Boris’s proposed treaty which potentially could leave us locked into a never-ending transition,” he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

“That’s actually why we need to have some seats and votes in the House of Commons, frankly to keep the Conservatives honest in holding the line so that we get the job done properly.”

He said MPs who voted against Boris Johnson’s plea for a general election have shown a “lack of respect for voters” and should have allowed a snap poll in September or early October.

“In this current zombie Parliament the Conservatives just cannot deliver it and that’s why we’ve been saying for months now the only way you can do that is have a general election,” he said

“Have a leave alliance, then you create a thumping majority and then we can get a proper Brexit and democracy can be respected.”

On Monday evening the Prime Minister is expected to ask for a general election for December 12, however this would only be successful with the support of Labour.

The SNP and Liberal Democrats are expected to put forward a Bill on Tuesday that would result in a December 9 election, contingent on a Brexit extension from the European Union.

Due to parliamentary rules this Bill could likely pass without Labour support.

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