Tory quits the ERG warning Brexit is in jeopardy

PUBLISHED: 10:05 09 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:10 09 April 2019

Brexiteer MP Daniel Kawczynski. Photograph: Sky News.

Brexiteer MP Daniel Kawczynski. Photograph: Sky News.

Archant

A Tory MP has quit the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) warning that it is putting Britain's departure from the EU in jeopardy.

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism

Daniel Kawczynski said the government needed to get Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement - which a number of ERG members continue to oppose - through Parliament if they were to ensure Britain finally leaves.

“I don’t wish to be affiliated to a caucus ... which I now perceive to be part of the problem in actually getting the Withdrawal Agreement across the finishing line,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

“From a practical perspective there are elements now within that caucus that are preventing this Withdrawal Agreement going through and therefore inevitably that will lead to possibly no Brexit at all, and that is not something I wish to contemplate. I think we should protect Brexit.”

Kawczynski said he opposed a call from ERG deputy chairman Mark Francois for Tory MPs to have a vote to show they had lost faith in May, even though party rules prevent another formal leadership challenge until December.

“I do disagree with Mark Francois on that. I don’t think the time has come for another leadership contest. I think we have to abide by the rules our party has set,” he said.

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Become a supporter

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Latest Articles

Most Read

latest issue

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Find your nearest anti-Brexit campaigning activities, talks, protests and events nationwide.

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy