The Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston has said that she left the Conservative party because she was “disgusted” that MPs were putting the party ahead of the national interest.
This comes after Theresa May suggested to Conservative backbench MPs that she would step down after her withdrawal agreement is passed in the hopes they would back her Brexit deal.
Ms Wollaston told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “Brexit has always been viewed by Theresa May as what is right for the Conservative party. But for most of us, that is not what is mattering.
“I left the Conservative party because I was so disgusted with this attitude that it is all about what is right for the Tory party.
“It is what is right for the nation. My view has always been that it has been over 1,000 days since the referendum and it is blindingly obvious that there are so many different options of Brexit, nobody set out which version we were voting on.”
The MP for Totnes described the current deadlock in Brexit negotiations as “a national shame and national tragedy all rolled into one”.
She added: “I think the prime minister would have got her deal through months ago if she had just been prepared to link it to a confirmatory ballot because she would have had support from across the Commons.
“She cannot rely on the DUP and ERG to get her deal across the line no matter how she bribes people.”