Published: Thu, December 05, 2019

Three MEPs quit Brexit Party to back PM's European Union deal

Three MEPs quit Brexit Party to back PM's European Union deal

Lance Forman and John Longworth have also left the party.

Mr Farage told party supporters that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had been the defender of stability and peace in Europe for 70 years but was now "directly under threat".

Annunziata Rees-Mogg has explained that she quit the Brexit Party because it is allowing a "Remain coalition" to damage the Brexit cause.

The Brexit Party won 29 seats in July's European Parliament elections.

"It is either Labour or the Tory Party".

"I find it absolutely unbelievable, but tragic, that the Brexit Party, with so many wonderful people dedicated to a cause, are now the very party risking Brexit".

"Whereas if you vote for the Tory Party they are offering a Brexit".

The former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, who has previously called for Mr Farage to fight just 20 to 30 key seats to ensure a pro-Brexit majority in the Commons, said it was "crazy" that a whole slew of constituencies were being put "at risk" by his now-former party.

She also revealed that Brexit has been on her mind for three years and has both made and "broken relationships".

"For me this is the only chance to save it".

"One of them is the sister of a Cabinet Minister".

The MEP gave her reasons for stepping down along with three other high-profile party members at a press conference in which she said it is "tragic" that the Brexit Party could be the architects of their own failure by continuing to stand for election.

The East Midlands MEP said: "I have had no approaches from the Conservative Party in any description, and I am frankly finding it really quite disturbingly old fashioned that people are suggesting that my brother gets to tell me what to do with my political views - he doesn't".

"Another one of them has a boyfriend working for that cabinet minister".

Speaking at a rally in Kirkby-in-Ashfield on Wednesday, Mr Farage questioned where Boris Johnson had been "hiding" in recent weeks and urged the Prime Minister to keep Britain out of a European Defence Union.

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