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Brexit turmoil prompts 11 British MPs to leave parties, form new alliance

22 February 2019, 12:48 | Tara Lloyd

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The original gang of four in 1981 William Rogers David Owen Roy Jenkins and Shirley Williams
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The three Tory defectors said that the "hard-line anti-EU awkward squad" had taken over the party, while Labour leavers said they could no longer tolerate anti-semitism and the "machine politics of the hard left" that had taken over the party. "There has been a dismal failure to stand up to the hard-line ERG which operates openly as a party within a party, with its own leader, whip and policy".

Agriculture minister Michael Gove on Tuesday said farmers would continue to enjoy tariff protection - much to the chagrin of Australian and particularly Irish farmers - but other government ministers are still reportedly pushing for as many tariffs as possible to be cut to zero, to help consumers weather the inflationary effects of a no-deal Brexit.

May said she was saddened by the decision, but said the government was "doing the right thing for our country" by implementing voters' decision to leave the EU.

"Of course, the UK's membership of the European Union has been a source of disagreement both in our party and our country for a long time".

Theresa May said the UK's membership of the European Union had been "a source of disagreement both in our party and our country for a long time", so "ending that membership after four decades was never going to be easy".

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This is doubly odd because all seven MPs were willing to stand at the last general election on a Labour manifesto that agreed to deliver Brexit for the British people.

"He seemed broadly disinterested in Nottingham and that definitely has generated a view that well if he wants to go, that's up to him and I'm sure the Labour party will be able to find somebody far more enthusiastic and energetic about representing local people and local people's concerns".

The seven moderate members of parliament say they will form an independent group.

The prime minister hopes to gain legal assurances that the backstop would not permanently bind the United Kingdom into a customs union, which Downing street hopes will win the support of Eurosceptic MPs in the Conservative party. "There needs to be an alternative, so that's perfectly possible".

Berger, who is Jewish, said in leaving the Labor Party, "I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation".

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Scottish Labour MP Danielle Rowley also questioned her former colleagues, tweeting: "How people who once called themselves Labour can cosy up next to the likes of Soubry, smiling and laughing, is absolutely beyond me".

"In all conscience, we can no longer knock on doors and support a government led by Jeremy Corbyn or the team around him".

When a reporter asked if the small group could truly transform British politics, Allen said they needed to try.

Members of the TIG have indicated they will resist demands from the leadership, including shadow chancellor John McDonnell, to step down and seek a fresh mandate from voters in a by-election.

The incident follows Young Labour - to which anybody in the party aged from 14 up until the age of 26 is automatically part of - responding to the announcement of the Independent Group's formation by calling the breakaway MPs "cowards and traitors", a reference to the lyrics of Labour party anthem "The Red Flag".

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How that would translate into seats would depend on where the votes were cast and how many Independent Group MPs were running.

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