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The Kent-based MEP was one of two to have the whip withdrawn and his suspension underlines tensions within the party over Brexit.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