Former Conservative minister Gyimah joins Liberal Democrats over Brexit

LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Former Conservative minister Sam Gyimah has joined the pro-European Union Liberal Democrat occasion, barely per week after being expelled from the Conservative grouping in parliament over his opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans.

Gyimah was one in all 21 Conservative legislators kicked out of the parliamentary occasion after they voted to dam Johnson from taking Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 except he first brokers a brand new transition deal.

“The difficulty for me isn’t just Brexit. It’s past Brexit – the way you conduct politics and the veering in the direction of populism and English nationalism,” Gyimah wrote in an article for the Observer newspaper explaining his choice to vary events.

Gyimah, 43, was universities minister till November 2018, when he give up in opposition to then-Prime Minister Theresa Could’s Brexit plans, and thought of working for the management of the Conservative Celebration after she stepped down.

The previous Goldman Sachs banker’s choice to vary events now takes the overall variety of Liberal Democrat legislators within the 650-seat decrease home of parliament to 18.

Johnson needs to carry a nationwide election, one thing opposition events have up to now blocked, fearing he might nonetheless search to attain a no-deal Brexit. The Liberal Democrats need Britain to stay within the EU, regardless of 2016’s referendum choice in favour of leaving.

An opinion ballot by market analysis firm Opinium for the Observer confirmed that the Conservatives had gained assist over the previous week, with Labour holding regular and the Liberal Democrats slipping again barely.

Conservative assist rose to 37% from 35%, whereas Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour held at 25% and Liberal Democrat assist dropped to 16% from 17%. Assist for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Celebration remained at 13%. (Reporting by David Milliken, Enhancing by William Maclean)

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