Posted on 5th September 2019
An emotional Mid Sussex MP said he was ‘truly very said it should end this way’ after almost 37 years in Parliament. This report is from the Mid Sussex Times
Sir Nicholas Soames, who represented Crawley from 1983-1997 and then Mid Sussex ever since, lost the Tory whip this week after rebelling against the Government.
The motion, which was passed by a majority in the Commons on Tuesday night, and then the subsequent bill debated on Wednesday, seeks to stop the possibility of a no-deal Brexit happening on October 31.
In response Prime Minister Boris Johnson had sought to call a general election, but this was blocked on Wednesday night. Labour figures said the party wanted a general election but stopping a no-deal Brexit was its priority.
A visibly emotional Sir Nicholas told fellow MPs that he had always believed the referendum result must be honoured and had voted for the withdrawal agreement on every occasion in the Commons, something that could not be said for Mr Johnson, leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg or a number of other cabinet members ‘whose serial disloyalty has been such an inspiration to so many of us’.
“I am truly very sad that it should end in this way. It is my fervent hope that this house will rediscover the spirit of compromise, humility and understanding that will enable us finally to push ahead with the vital work in the interests of the whole country that has inevitably had to be so sadly neglected while we have devoted so much time to wrestling with Brexit. I urge the house to support the bill.”
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