Posted on Dec 05, 2019
Britain’s Brexit Party has confirmed that four of its elected members of the European parliament (MEPs) had left the party to support the governing Conservatives in the forthcoming British general election on December 12th.
The Brexit Party was set up in early 2019 by Nigel Farage MEP, a former member of the Conservative party, and former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
It performed strongly in the last European elections, held in May, but has subsequently crashed, and decided not to contest seats held by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, to avoid splitting the pro-Brexit vote.
One of the four MEPs deserting the party is Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of high-profile cabinet minister and arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Her decision to join the Brexit Party in April had been considered a coup for Farage.
“We need a strong Leave supporting government to deliver the Brexit 17.4m voted for. The Conservatives are the only option for Brexit supporters and democrats alike,” Annunziata Rees-Mogg said in a statement.
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