3 UK Lawmakers Quit Conservative Party Over Brexit

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Published on February 20, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

3 UK Lawmakers Quit Conservative Party Over Brexit

​The lawmakers criticized the prime minister for ​allowing far-right, pro-Brexit members take over the party.


3 UK Lawmakers Quit Conservative Party Over Brexit

Three Parliament members have left British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party over what they call the government's "disastrous handling of Brexit." The lawmakers criticized the prime minister in a  joint resignation letter  Wednesday for abandoning "a moderate, open-hearted Conservative Party" and letting far-right, pro-Brexit members take over.

The also said they "reject the false binary choice ... between a bad [Brexit] deal and no deal." The three have joined a newly formed centrist party made up of several former Labour Party lawmakers who also broke with their party over its Brexit policy.

May said she was "saddened" by the trio's departure, adding "the UK’s membership of the EU has been a source of disagreement both in our party and our country for a long time." May met with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Wednesday to try to revise the U.K.'s withdrawal agreement after Parliament  rejected her Brexit plan  last month.

Both May and Juncker said their meeting was "constructive," but the EU has repeatedly said the deal is set in stone and  not up for renegotiation .

Brexit is set to happen on March 29, and Parliament has yet to give May's plan the green light.

If the country can't come to an agreement by then, it may have to choose between a no-deal exit or trying to push back its withdrawal date.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN . 

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