Tory MEP sus­pended

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A Con­ser­va­tive MEP has been sus­pended from the party after sup­port­ing a vote in Stras­bourg say­ing not enough progress had been made in Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Richard Ash­worth, a former leader of the EU Con­ser­va­tive group and a noted Europhile, backed a res­o­lu­tion declar­ing that “suf­fi­cient progress” had not been made in the Brexit talks to al­low dis­cus­sions on the fu­ture re­la­tion­ship be­tween the UK and EU to con­tinue.

The Kent-based MEP was one of two to have the whip with­drawn and his sus­pen­sion un­der­lines ten­sions within the party over Brexit.

Mr Ash­worth de­fended his de­ci­sion and turned on his crit­ics: “The vote was not about dis­rupt­ing Brexit and the ne­go­ti­a­tions. We were asked a tech­ni­cal ques­tion about how much progress had been made and the an­swer for me was not enough.”

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