Anti-Brexit lawmakers quit Theresa May's Conservative Party

Leroy Wright
February 22, 2019

May said she was saddened by the resignations, but signaled she would press on with her attempts to win a deal before Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29.

The three criticised the government's "disastrous handling" of Brexit and said it had undone "all the efforts to modernise" the Conservatives.

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has addressed former colleagues who have left the party to form an independent group, reportedly in protest against Corbyn and his approach to Brexit, as well as anti-Semitism allegations.

Brexit hardliners have said that no such deal is needed, noting that Britain would revert to World Trade Organization trading terms with the E.U. However, pro-Remain MPs - including those in the new bloc - have called for a delay or even a second Brexit referendum to re-do the 2016 Brexit vote.

Disgruntled former minister, Dominic Grieve, is another Tory MP believed to be on the edge of resigning from the ruling party over fears of a no-deal crash-out of the European Union if an agreement is not reached in time for the March 29 Brexit Day deadline.

"Would I have joined the party in 2009", began Member of Parliament Sarah Wollaston, ". if the party had looked then as it has become today?

And Ms Allen highlighted her concerns around poverty, as well as Brexit, in a statement, saying: "I can no longer represent a government and a party who can't open its eyes to the suffering endured by the most vulnerable in society - suffering which we have deepened whilst having the power to fix". May said she was carrying through with the decision of the British people, leading them toward "a brighter future". "These are people who have given dedicated service to our party over many years, and I thank them for it", she said.

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Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said it was a "great shame to have lost the commitment and undeniable talent" of the three MPs.

Out of the six Labour MPs to quit the party, six are listed supporters of Labour Friends of Israel.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said it was "a new low" to see the MP of her home town, Ann Coffey, welcoming an MP responsible for government cuts, adding: "I'm utterly disgusted".

He said: 'It is bad that a culture of extremism, anti-Semitism and intolerance is driving out good MPs and decent people who have committed their life to mainstream politics.

"I guess we now know how their policies and values differ from Labour". "So the decent and democratic thing for them to do is to resign and put themselves up for election", he stated.

For May's Brexit plan, the resignations are yet another blow to more than two years of talks to leave the European Union, which have been punctuated by defeats in parliament, rows over policy and a confidence vote, which she ultimately won.

"This is the game, of course, they will play but we are better than that, and we think our constituents and the country deserve better than that".

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