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Tags: EU | Britain | Political | Splits

3 UK Conservative Lawmakers Defect to New Independent Group

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:40 AM

LONDON (AP) — Three pro-European lawmakers have quit Britain's governing Conservatives to join a newly formed centrist group of independent legislators opposed to the government's conduct of Brexit.

Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston announced Wednesday they will join eight ex-Labour Party lawmakers in the new group.

The Labour rebels have quit the party over its direction under left-wing party leader Jeremy Corbyn. They accuse him of mounting a weak opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for leaving the European Union and of failing to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party.

The breakaway lawmakers hope to gain members from among disgruntled pro-Europeans in both the Labour and Conservative parties, with a view to forging a new force in the center of British politics.

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Three pro-European lawmakers have quit Britain's governing Conservatives to join a newly formed centrist group of independent legislators opposed to the government's conduct of Brexit.Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston announced Wednesday they will join eight...
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