Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen have left the Conservative party to join the newly formed Indpendent group.
The group in a letter to Theresa May confirming they were leaving. They said the party was “in the grip” of the DUP and ERG Brexiteers and there had been a “dismal failure” to stand up to them.
The defectors said the Conservative Party had abandoned some of its core principles and values with a “shift to the right”.
They also voiced their fears about No Deal and felt the Tory Party was
“We find it unconscionable that a party, once trusted on the economy, more than any other, is now recklessly marching the country to the cliff edge of no deal.”
All 3 defectors support a People’s Vote on Brexit and the Tory handling of Brexit was the “final straw” that caused their departure.
Theresa May said she was sadden by their departure.
The Independent Group was formed when 7 Labour MPs left the party on Monday citing problems with Labour’s stance on Brexit, its shift left and its handling of antisemitism. The group now has 11 MPs, 8 Labour and 3 Tory.
The group have claimed that the current system of politics is “broken” by “tribal groups” and the aim of the newly formed Party, called the Independent Group, will aim to divert political emphasis away from the left and right stances of the Labour and Conservative Party respectively.