Would have sacked me too! Churchills grandson backs own removal over Brexit rebellion

Brexit: Sir Nicholas Soames on rebelling against Boris Johnson

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Sir Nicholas Soames was one of 21 Conservative MPs who rejected Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit agreement and saw their party voting rights removed. Sir Nicholas insisted he saw Brexit as the wrong move for the UK and still stood by his decision to vote against Mr Johnson’s deal. However, he conceded the Prime Minister was right to take action against him as he conceded he too would have “sacked” himself.

Speaking to GB News, Sir Nicholas said: “If I was the Prime Minister, I would’ve sacked me too because you cannot have people in your party who would not support the most important piece of legislation.

“You cannot have that kind of discipline.”

He continued: “It was a bad time. There were 21 of us who felt we really could not vote for the Prime Minister’s principal piece of legislation.

“And for that reason…looking back on it, I believed I did the right thing. 

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“I certainly thought I did the right thing, I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself if I hadn’t. And I do believe it was the wrong decision.

“But as I said, the nation voted to leave, and leave it must, the will of the people must be carried out.”

Following his removal from the Tory files in 2019, Sir Nicholas accused the party of turning into a “Brexit sect” instead of focussing on being “pragmatic” for the country.

He said: “I am worried about the Tory party because give or take the odd spasm we have always been seen as pragmatic, sensible, good at our job, sane, reasonable, and having the interests of the whole country.

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“Now it is beginning to look like a Brexit sect.”

After seeing his proposed deal rejected, Boris Johnson proceeded to call a general election that delivered him an 80-seat majority in the Commons.

He reached an agreement with the European Union on Christmas Eve 2019, and the new deal came into action in January 2020.

The deal however has repeatedly come under question since, with the protocol covering Northern Ireland’s trading arrangement still the subject of intense negotiations.

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European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met in London on Friday as part of their attempt to break the deadlock over the protocol and committed to intensive talks over the coming days.

A brief joint statement released after the meeting said: “European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and the UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met on February 11 at Carlton Gardens in London.

“This was their third in-person meeting.

“They agreed on the need for progress in their talks in the interest of people in Northern Ireland, to stay in close touch, and that officials will continue intensive discussions in the coming days.”

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