LONDON (Reuters) – Nicholas Soames, the grandson of World War Two leader Winston Churchill, said on Wednesday that Brexit is sending Britain’s status into “free fall” after he was sacked from the Conservative Party for rebelling on a vote on leaving the European Union.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expelled 21 lawmakers, including Soames, from the Conservative Party on Tuesday and barred them from running for the party in the next election after they voted for a motion that paves the way for Brexit to be delayed.
Soames - Member - Parliament - MP - Britain
Soames, 71, who has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1983, said Britain’s image was being tarnished by Brexit.
“What really worries me is that Britain’s stock in the world is in free fall and I’m afraid our position in world affairs is going to be greatly diminished by this,” he told the BBC. “This is the most divisive issue of my lifetime.”
Speech - Parliament - Soames - Britain - Europe
In an emotional speech in parliament, Soames said he has always supported pulling Britain out of Europe Union since the 2016 referendum and, unlike Johnson and other cabinet ministers, voted three times for former Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal which parliament as a whole rejected.
“I have always believed that the referendum result must be honored and indeed I have voted for the withdrawal deal …. which is more than can be said for my right honorable friend the...
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