Stamford and Rutland MEP quits Brexit Party and says 'vote Tory'

Cheryl Sanders
December 6, 2019

Annunziata Rees-Mogg said the Brexit Party was "now the very party risking Brexit" and eating into Tory vote share in 274 seats, some of which the Tories have to win to secure a majority.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg, salmon tycoon Lance Forman, and Yorkshire and Humber MEP Lucy Harris announced their resignations from Farage's party on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Brexit Party expelled another MEP, John Longworth, the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, accusing him of "repeatedly undermining" Mr Farage's election strategy.

And Ms Harris added: "The Brexit Party has played an essential role in getting us to a point where Brexit can actually happen, now it's time to get Brexit done".

Following the Brexit Party's success in winning May's European elections, Mr Farage declared he would stand candidates in every Westminster seat.

Having comfortably topped the poll at the European elections in May with 29 seats, the Brexit party has seen support evaporate in recent months.

Mr Farage hit out at the four in his interview with Andrew Neil yesterday, with the journalist saying he was "smearing" them as he discussed their links to the Conservative government.

But their letter also said "we believe the current Brexit Party strategy runs the risk of the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union and this is something we are unable to support".

"We have completely independent views from each other and I am only concerned about Brexit". He claimed that they didn't seem to understand his party were helping to hammer Labour in their "traditional heartlands" in northern England.

"It is unlikely that the Brexit Party will win any seats", they said.

A Brexit Party spokesman 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. Labour does not have a plan".

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