Liberal Democrat MP resigns Party Whip due to “irreconcilable differences” over Brexit Vote

The Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, Stephen Lloyd, has announced he is resigning the Party Whip, citing that he has “irreconcilable differences” with the Lib Dems intentions to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Bill.

The MP for a pro-leave constituency that voted 57% to leave in the 2016 Referendum, Lloyd had previously stated that he “will not be bullied” into voting against the deal, promising to keep his “clear promise” to his constituents that he accepts the Brexit result, a position that is at odds with the Liberal Democrats, who are the most prominent Pro-EU party in the United Kingdom and have openly campaigned for a second referendum.

Mr Lloyd has promised that he will “remain a member” of the Liberal Democrats and support them in Parliament, however he will now sit as an independent. Over 70 Lib Dems, including councillors and activists, openly called for him to have the whip removed should he vote for the deal.


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